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U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530 as outbreak widens

Stock MarketsSep 19, 2019 06:36PM ET
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By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Thursday there are now 530 confirmed and probable cases and seven deaths from severe lung-related illnesses tied to vaping, and there are no signs that the outbreak is easing.

That is up from 380 cases reported a week ago as health officials link more illnesses and deaths to vaping. Three-fourths of the cases are male, and two-thirds are between the ages of 18 and 34.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now investigating more than 150 products and substances and said it has activated its criminal investigations arm to explore the supply chain of vaping products and identify the cause of the outbreak. No individual vapers will be targeted, said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

Zeller said no single substance or compound, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the high-inducing component of marijuana, or Vitamin E acetate, has been linked to all of the cases so far.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed seven people have died from vaping-related illness. The confirmed deaths were reported in California (2), Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.

"We do expect others," Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, told reporters, referring to the number of deaths.

A Missouri man in his 40s died of a lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes earlier this week, the eighth vaping death in the United States and the first death in Missouri, state health officials announced on Thursday afternoon.

U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530 as outbreak widens
 

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Name Lst Sep 19, 2019 10:36PM ET
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they could've been contaminated with something.
Erin Peralta
Erin Peralta Sep 19, 2019 7:16PM ET
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I agree ridiculous
Knate Biro
Knate Biro Sep 19, 2019 1:15PM ET
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this is such nonsense. Cigarettes have killed millions and they are making a big deal out of 560 cases of illness.
Victor Wilson
Victor Wilson Sep 19, 2019 1:15PM ET
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But it killed hundreds within short period of time. Within 5 years
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bootleg thc pods are the culprit. not flavored vape juice. they're just broadly sweeping all of vaping into this even though over 90% of these incidents were caused by home brew thc pods. ridiculous.
 
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