In recent weeks, the CDC has confirmed there are at least 1,479 cases of vaping-linked illnesses across all states except Alaska; they have also confirmed 33 deaths.
For years, lawmakers and health officials have been concerned about the dangers of vaping. They warned that while these products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking, they truly may not be.
Vaping has been around for more than 10 years. Health officials are trying to figure out why health complications are just now arising.
The CDC says that most patients had a history of vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
They believe the cause of these growing illnesses is due to a chemical exposure but have not been able to identify a single e-cigarette or vaping product, brand or specific substance that has been linked to the growing national outbreak.
Since the nationwide investigation has found no vaping devices or products linked to all cases, they are now looking into potential contamination or counterfeits so they can stop these products from being sold. This will likely be difficult since many people have used multiple products, according to the CDC.
CDC officials are urging that people refrain from using e-cigarettes or vaping, particularly with products containing THC, and especially products bought on the street.
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Source: The Washington Post, “What we know about the mysterious vaping-linked illness and deaths”