Public agencies advise people to stop using e-cigarettes and vaping

Public agencies advise people to stop using e-cigarettes and vaping

The death marks the fourth such reported, with the first two occurring in OR and IL.

A week ago, US officials pegged the number at 215 possible cases in 25 states.

The findings are preliminary, said Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist for the Illinois Department of Public Health where one of the confirmed deaths has occurred. Those that do vape and experience symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fever or weight loss are advised to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Still, "we are getting a clearer focus ... and the investigation is narrowing", Ileana Arias, the acting deputy director for noninfectious diseases at CDC, said.

No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified in any of the patients, therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with chemical exposure, the CDC said.

It's premature to know what is causing these illnesses, Meaney-Delman said, and that is why public health officials from the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and local and state health departments "are working around the clock" to understand what is happening.

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NY state has focused its investigation on an ingredient called Vitamin E acetate, which has been used to thicken marijuana vape juice but is considered risky if heated and inhaled.

The FDA is analyzing these for a broad range of chemicals but no one substance, including Vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all of the samples tested. But no matter how appealing to lure young people, the Centers for Disease Control - and now New York State - are urging everyone to stop vaping until they figure out why some people are coming down with serious breathing issues. After issuing the alert on August 28, lung illnesses related to vaping have climbed to more than 400 cases - including three deaths.

Health officials in Los Angeles announced the first known death associated with e-cigarette vaping earlier this week.

This comes as the FDA is under enormous scrutiny amid an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease that several officials believe is linked to vaping, sickening possibly hundreds, and killing at several people nationwide. Until it can determine what's causing the illnesses, the consensus is people should stay away from vaping.

"I even know, as a nurse, he could die", said his mother Deborah Boclair. Unsafe solvents and flavorings are frequently added to black market vape cartridges and a few additives, including vitamin E oil which is used in edible hemp oil products, appear to be a possible cause.

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