Early this week the Florida Dept. of health update its case count of vaping related deaths to 1 while Georgia also reported one death from similar cause. With these two deaths the nationwide count of vaping related deaths has increased to 11. The person from Georgia was known to be a heavy user of nicotine during vaping but he did not have a history of vaping substances like THC said DOH at Georgia. Till now the state has already recorded 9 vaping related illnesses including the recent death and other cases which are being reviewed.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning that the nation is facing several cases of vaping related lung injury cases spread across various states. Nine more deaths have been reported across Kansas, California, Oregon, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota. As per figures of last week there were around 530 cases of lung injury cases caused due to vaping as per figures released by CDC. Every day new cases are being confirmed and CDC believes that there could be hundreds of new cases when compared to last week. Though there is little information about what caused the lung infection all the cases had a history of e-cigarette use.
As per CDC reports a large majority of parents have confirmed use of e-cigarette products in the past with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive substance in cannabis. Several other patients too confirmed use of THC and Nicotine while some have confirmed taking only nicotine with the e-cigarette. The US FDA along with CDC, state and health departments are trying to investigate the reason behind the outbreak on their own. CDC has also made a press release urging people to discontinue use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to prevent themselves from falling ill. People suffering from cough, nausea, shortness of breath and chest pain have been asked to visit their doctor immediately. Other symptoms of this lung disease are abdominal pain and fever followed by vomiting.