It had reported it received 380 confirmed and probable cases of lung disease from 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, as of September 11. They found that 66 percent of the cases in their states had used Dank Vapes brand cartridges.
Deaths have been confirmed in California (2), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and OR, according to the CDC.
Connecticut's Department of Public Health commissioner is urging residents not to use e-cigarette or vaping products, at least until more is known about why people are becoming ill.
"Any death related to vaping is one too many, and this is entirely preventable", said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.
And earlier this week, police in Waynesboro, Va., arrested three men and recovered more than 1,000 vape cartridges that were labeled as containing a 90% THC oil mixture.
"This harrowing news reinforces my commitment to continue our subcommittee's investigation into youth e-cigarette and vaping use in order to curb this growing public health crisis", he said.
Health officials identified 234 unique vaping products across 87 brand names.
"The number of confirmed or suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses across the USA has risen to 805". The Mississippi death was announced by officials in that state Thursday.
The agency said investigators believe the suspected cause of the illness is "a chemical exposure".
"The outbreak now is pointing to a greater concern around THC-containing products", said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat. Many said they also used nicotine vapes. The only common factor in the illnesses was that the patients had all recently vaped. As part of the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act of 2009, Congress banned the sale of cigarettes with flavors other than menthol and tobacco.
Mark Pettinger, a spokesman for the commission said it would be hard for retailers to sell vape products such as Dank Vapes because it would put retailers' licenses at risk and would be "out and out" illegal. Consumers should avoid modifying or adding any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.
Vitamin E acetate, which is sold legally, is commonly used as a nutritional supplement and in skin-care products. This is because flu and the vaping-related illness have similar symptoms. Severe lung injuries have led to death in the first reported patient who had experienced vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and shortness of breath. The CDC has not released details on when symptoms began in each case. Only a small portion of patients, 16%, reported using exclusively nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.
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