Deaths linked to vaping unveil a complex array of inhaled substances

Vapor from an e-cigarette

How sure are they that they've found what's causing the illness?

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise "healthy young people", they said on Friday.

No cases of respiratory illness specifically linked to vaping have so far been reported in Canada, but health experts are still wary of the products.

Health officials in some states said a number of people who got sick had vaped products containing THC. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in. Symptoms of the pulmonary disease observed in these patients include coughing, shortness of breath, nausea and fatigue. In the U.S., an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease registered in several states, including California and Minnesota, Japan Times reported. The CDC said the number of reported vaping-related cases were 215 late last month.

It's unclear whether such illnesses were happening before this year.

"While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products", according to a CDC statement.

Deaths previously were reported in IL and Oregon. A majority of patients are men, under the age of 35.

The Los Angeles County death is the fourth connected to vaping nationally.

Ferrer spoke along with a panel of other health officials at a news conference Friday to discuss the investigation into the vaping-linked illnesses and to issue a warning about the use of e-cigarette devices as "potentially harmful to proper lung function".

Was something added to the liquid in the device after he bought it? State investigators have found the substance in 13 cartridges collected from eight patients. A fourth potential death is now under investigation.

Davis said the county has been receiving reports since August 14 of "people experiencing severe and sudden lung disease after having a history of vaping".

An article on 53 illnesses in IL and Wisconsin noted that almost one-fifth of the cases were people who said they vaped nicotine and not anything that contained THC or CBD oil.

While investigations are underway, both the CDC and the FDA urged people to stop vaping.

Several people have been diagnosed with a mysterious lung disease related to vaping.

That's far from certain at this point, but as you'll hear in this CBS News report, this 18-year-old almost died after just two years of vaping.

If you do vape, do not buy products off the street, for example, e-cigarettes containing THC or other cannabinoids. In Illinois, X-rays revealed abnormalities in patient lungs, and almost all patients were hospitalized, Layden said.

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