Vaping lung injuries now surpass 800 cases nationwide, CDC says

A man uses an e-cigarette

It said many patients have reported using THC and nicotine, while some have reported the use of e-cigarette products containing only nicotine.

Officials in IL and Wisconsin said that "Dank Vapes" was the most common used brand of THC-filled cartridges in their states.

Twelve people have died, according to the CDC's tally, though the Oregon Health Authority reported another death, the second in the state, on Thursday, and warned people to "stop vaping immediately".

Health officials in two states say that many patients sickened by vaping-associated lung illness vaped THC and used pre-packaged, pre-filled cartridges - often acquired from informal sources like friends or dealers.

The department announced Friday that five more people became sick with lung injuries possibly related to using e-cigarettes or vaping.

The investigation is ongoing.

And industry officials have criticized the recent decision by MA to impose a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products.

The ailment has sickened at least 805 people, from 46 states and one US territory.

As of Thursday, . the number of cases was up 52 percent from the previous week and included 10 deaths.

The CDC added that the exact cause of the current outbreak of vaping-related illnesses remains unknown, and that its investigation continues.

"The outbreak now is pointing to a greater concern around THC-containing products", said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat. Prior data from several states indicated that 83 percent to 100 percent of patients reported that they had vaped THC.

Sharpless said the agency plans to distribute a guidance document in the next few weeks that would "dramatically impact" the flavored e-cigarette market.

Another CDC study, based on interviews with 86 patients in Wisconsin and IL, found that 87 percent "reported using e-cigarette products containing THC". The agency is urging people to consider refraining from using any e-cigarette products, especially those containing THC.

Symptoms reported with this illness include cough, dizziness, headache, chest pain and worsening difficulty breathing, sometimes requiring intensive care. But officials said they didn't know if the THC is the problem or some other substance added to the vaping liquid, such as thickeners.

The CDC has been warning since the outbreak began about the risks of buying products "off the street", and Friday's update highlighted the risks of the black market.

Officials continue to find a substantial numbers of USA patients - the new report says 16% - who said they vaped only nicotine, and not THC.



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