U.S. health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

Deaths, illnesses related to vaping cannabis on the rise, health authorities say

A third vaping-related, severe lung injury death has been confirmed in IN by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 06, 2019.

The first death was reported in IL in late August. Officials say the likely cause is "chemical exposure", although they haven't identified what exactly that chemical is. As a result, the FDA issued a warning in July 2009 on the health risks posed by vaping and, like the WHO, called for clinical studies to help determine whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use. So far, no device, product, or substance has been tied to all of the cases.

New York's health department said laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all 34 people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes, and as a result was focusing its investigation in that direction.

The FDA said on Friday numerous samples tested by the states or by the agency as part of the investigation contain tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis.

Just a few hours earlier, the CDC held a briefing on the rise of severe lung illnesses connected to e-cigarette use, and said that the number of reported cases had more than doubled in the last week to 450, from just over 200.

An article on 53 illnesses in IL and Wisconsin noted almost one-fifth of cases were people who said they vaped nicotine alone, and nothing containing marijuana oils.

An editorial in the NEJM by David Christiani, a professor of medicine at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, echoed the CDC's recent push to discourage people from using e-cigarettes.

"At least one Vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing", the New York State Department of Health said in a statement. The health researchers of the Government are trying to find out whether an oil derived from Vitamin E- found in marijuana vaping products from patients throughout the nation who got sick, maybe the reason behind the illness. The agency says that officials are still looking for a common factor linking all of the cases.

At this time, officials are not clear on what is causing the outbreak.

Officials cautioned, however, that respiratory illnesses have been diagnosed where the vaping product did not contain marijuana.

The federal health organization urged Americans to stop using e-cigarettes while it - along with the Food and Drug Administration and state officials - investigate the respiratory problems that have impacted residents in 33 states and one jurisdiction.

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