US vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2,291

US vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2,291

A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture
FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration

WASHINGTON: US health officials on Thursday (Dec 5) reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 48.

As of Dec 4, 2019, there were 2,291 cases of hospitalised cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two US territories.

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On Nov 21, the CDC reported 2,290 cases and 47 deaths from the illness associated with use of e-cigarettes, or vaping products.

Last month, US officials reported the discovery of Vitamin E acetate — believed to be used as a cutting agent in illicit vaping products containing marijuana components — in all lung samples from 29 patients.

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CDC has called Vitamin E acetate as a "chemical of concern" and recommended that the substance not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping products, while the investigation is underway.

Source: Reuters

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