US vaping illness count tops 500, but cause still unknown

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say 530 people have now been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory. The total number of illnesses is up from 380 a week ago.

Seven deaths have been reported.

All patients had used an electronic cigarette or other vaping device. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance. So far, no single vaping product or ingredient has been linked to the illnesses.

Two-thirds of the cases involved 18- to 34-year-olds. Most are men.

Some of the first cases appeared in April. CDC hasn’t said when most people got sick.

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  • Iamct01

    We still don’t know why kids shoot at schools but we know what flavors of gun models they are attracted to. Maybe emergency ban on new sales of flavors or models of guns that attached kids.

    • Matt

      The reason schools get shot up is because parents and their kids are so disconnected. Kids sit around all day and do nothing but stare at a screen. Their parents are are more concerned with Facebook and their social status than interacting with their children. And mental heath care in this country….. a joke. Everyone says we need to act on guns. How bout we act on each other, talk to your neighbors talk to your kids!I can lay a loaded gun on the ground and it will NEVER go off by itself.

  • Ej

    BS. These 500 or so don’t know what system they use ? They don’t know what juice they are using ? They don’t want to admit all of these come come from garbage made in China including THC from China including chemicals made for killing Americans. Where are the toxicology reports from all of these people ? Is China putting fentanyl in these preloaded cartridges ? They are killing hundreds of thousands of Americans via chemical weapon called fentanyl and not one governor or DA or attorney general seems to do anything about that. Is this the tobacco lobbyists and tobacco industry pushing elected officials to snuff out vaping to increase the cigarettes sales ? There is more to this then we are being told.

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