Update: September 6, 2019:
Since I wrote this post three days ago, the number of potential cases of serious lung disease linked to e-cigarette use has more than doubled—and the outbreak is spreading. The CDC said today that it is investigating 450 possible cases in 33 states, and three people have died. The agency is now asking the public to consider not using vaping products while the investigation is ongoing.
America’s mysterious vaping scare continues to get worse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that the number of possible cases of serious lung disease linked to e-cigarettes has risen to 215, with 25 states now reporting cases. Additional pulmonary illnesses are also under investigation by the CDC and the FDA. At least one person has died so far.
Health officials still don’t know exactly what is causing the outbreak, but vaping appears to be a common link among affected patients. Many of the patients reported that they had used e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid ingredients, such as THC.
In the meantime, the CDC is urging people concerned about specific health risks to consider not using e-cigarette products. The list of symptoms associated with the disease is likely to grow, but so far patients have reported the following:
- cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- fatigue, fever, or weight loss
E-cigarette users who experience symptoms like those should seek prompt medical attention, the CDC says. You can learn more about the outbreak and stay updated with the latest information on the CDC’s website.