Vaping Death toll have increased to five due to mysterious lung disease. Health official on Friday have urged people to stop vaping until there is clear conclusion of this investigation. There are almost 450 reported cases in 33 states and there are 5 deaths linked to vaping while 2 are under investigation.
Although the definitive cause of these deaths is still unknown but CDC suggests that it is likely to be associated with a chemical exposure. Initial findings from the investigation associated with e-cigarette products point to clinical similarities among those affected.
While many of the patients, but not all, reported recent use of THC-containing products, some reported using both THC and nicotine-containing products while a smaller group reported using nicotine only.
“We are committed to finding out what is making people sick. All available information is being carefully analyzed, and these initial findings are helping us narrow the focus of our investigation and get us closer to the answers needed to save lives.” said Robert R. Redfield, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC, FDA, and state partners are combining information about e-cigarette exposures, results from FDA testing of product samples, and clinical testing results to identify a cause or causes of these illnesses.
“The FDA appreciates the continued collaboration between our federal and state public health partners to get to the bottom of these distressing incidents and gather more information about any products or substances used. We are leaving no stone unturned in following any potential leads and we’re committed to taking appropriate actions as the facts emerge,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D.
“Our laboratory is working closely with our federal and state partners to identify the products or substances that may be causing the illnesses and have received more than 120 samples from the states so far. 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. Importantly, identifying any compounds present in the samples will be one piece of the puzzle but won’t necessarily answer questions about causality, which makes our ongoing work critical.”
CDC launched a multi-state investigation into this mysterious lung illnesses on August 1, 2019, and has worked closely with FDA, states and other public health partners, and clinicians to determine the cause.
Indiana State Department of Health this week reported the state’s first vaping death. On Friday, Minnesota health department said a 65-year-old patient died in August due to lung injuries related to vaping. Health authorities said on Friday that they are investigating Los Angeles County’s first known death associated with vaping while Illinois and Oregon have also each reported a death.