Vaping has killed 48 Americans: Rise in deaths linked to e-cigarettes has slowed, but 2,290 illnesses have been reported in all 50 states, officials say
- One additional person has died from vaping in the US since the CDC announced its last data on November 21
- Deaths have now occurred in half of all US states, officials said Thursday
- A teenager in Alaska was reported ill from vaping on Wednesday, meaning the 2,290 cases are in all 50 states
US health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 48.
As of December 4, 2019, there were 2,291 cases of hospitalized cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two US territories.
On November 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.
Deaths from vaping now total 48 in 25 states (red). The rise in deaths may have slowed somewhat, but health officials in the US are still grappling with 2,291 people who are ill
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.
Deaths linked to vaping have now been reported in 25 US states as well as Washington, DC, officials announced.
Vaping has killed people in:
- the District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New York
On Wednesday, Alaska reported its first case of vaping linked illness, in a teenager who had been hospitalized, meaning e-cigarettes have sickened at least one person in every state.
Meanwhile, a teenager from Phoenix, Arizona, filed a lawsuit against Juul, blaming it for getting him addicted, joining another four states leveling similar claims.
About a third of US high schoolers now report using e-cigarettes, the CDC said on Friday.
Also on Wednesday, two Canadian provinces banned the sale of e-cigarettes altogether.
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