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CDC: 1,479 vaping-related lung injury cases reported, 33 deaths

There are 1,479 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping products in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Alaska is the only state without a reported case, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among 849 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette, or vaping, products in the 3 months prior to symptom onset 78% reported using THC-containing products, with or without nicotine-containing products; 31% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products; 58% reported using nicotine-containing products, with or without THC-containing products; and 10% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.

Among 1,358 patients with data on age and sex 70% of patients are male, 79% of patients are under 35-years-old. The median age of patients is 23 years, and ages range from 13 to 75 years old.

The CDC said Thursday that 33 deaths have been confirmed in 24 states: Alabama, California (3), Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana (3), Kansas (2), Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota (3), Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The median age of patients who have died is 44 years, ranging from 17 to 75 years old.

As of now, the FDA and CDC have not identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries in these cases, and the only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

The CDC recommends that people should not:

  • Use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC.
  • Buy any type of e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC, off the street.
  • Modify or add any substances to e-cigarette, or vaping, products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.

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