The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating a spate of lung illnesses tied to vaping, or using e-cigarettes.
The illnesses have so far claimed 27 lives. There have been 1,299 reported cases of lung diseases in the US since June.
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The mysterious spate of vaping-related illnesses and deaths continues to grow.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that 1,299 people in the US have been struck with lung illnesses tied to vaping THC or using e-cigarettes, in 49 states and one territory. The illnesses have claimed 27 lives, and doctors and other health experts fear there could be more on the way.
The FDA launched a criminal probe into the matter in September, and warned against using any THC-containing vapes, whether bought in retail shops or from illicit sellers.
As of October 10, about two-thirds of the cases were in people between the ages of 18 and 34, and another 15% were in people under 18. Roughly 70% of the cases where full patient information is available have been reported in men.
And of the 573 patients the CDC has information on, 76% reported using both THC and nicotine-containing products.
In September, the Trump administration announced it will push for a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors.
“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
The administration has separately recommended that people not use e-cigarettes.
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