Texas reports first vape-related death as U.S. fatalities climb to 26

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 26 illnesses to 1,299

Individual states have reported a total of 27 deaths: three in California; two each from Georgia, Kansas and OR; and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

The deaths were confirmed Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guidance comes after MI announced the state's first death from vaping-related lung injury last week.

Doctors studying lung tissue samples from people with vaping-related injuries have found that none of the cases had evidence of lipoid pneumonia, a rare diagnosis typically linked with people accidentally inhaling oils into their lungs. "The age breakdown of the patients is as follows: Under 18 years of age (5), 18 to 24 years of age (7), 25 to 34 years of age (8), 35 years of age and older (11)".

The state has not released details about the person who died, other than to say he was an adult male, citing privacy concerns.

Before the vaping-related lung injury death, MI recently moved to ban flavored nicotine vapes, saying they appealed to children and barring retailers from selling them.

Schuchat told reporters nationwide research suggested products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from unknown sources, were linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.

Around 1,300 people have fallen ill since March, nearly all hospitalized, with the rate of new cases showing no signs of slowing despite a series of dire public health warnings. The CDC has also tracked 1,299 cases of vaping-related lung injury.

Several states have already banned flavored vaping products. Of those, 26 individuals were interviewed and 80 percent reported vaping with THC-containing products. "Until more is known, we repeat our call for Canadians to consider refraining from vaping".

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