1,080 cases associated with vaping from 48 states; 18 deaths — CDC

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Numerous reports involve severe, life-threatening illnesses in previously healthy people.

The dining hall on Butler's campus in Indianapolis is bustling.

No. Well being consultants say cigarettes are nonetheless worse for you.

"I wish kids in high school and anybody below that wouldn't get into it", he says.

When well being officers from Wisconsin and IL interviewed 86 individuals of their states who had turn into sick, almost everybody mentioned she or he had acquired their THC cartridges illegally - both from pals, members of the family or drug sellers.

A current evaluation of 578 lung-injury sufferers nationwide discovered that 78% had used THC, in contrast with 17% who had used exclusively nicotine. And majority have never smoked traditional cigarettes.

Meanwhile, criminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration are focusing on the supply chain to find out what's making people sick. She said the number would go up from eight inspectors now to 20. Over the past week, a number of states reported their first case or death related to the outbreak, but many questions remain unanswered. "The data we are getting does not suggest this has peaked", she said.

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Just 1 case was reported overseas, which makes the epidemic more mysterious still.

"We know additional deaths are under investigation", Schuchat said. Ryan Bartlett, who works for the department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, said one of the only options to try to gain control of the problem is through marketing. The others entail THC, the key psychoactive compound in cannabis, or a mix of THC and nicotine. According to Schuchat, "Most patients report a history of using THC-containing products, and most patients are male and young people". However, the agency says no one product or additive has been pinpointed as the cause of the illnesses.

'I think we really have the feeling right now that there may be a lot of different nasty things in e-cigarette or vaping products, and they may cause different harms in the lung, ' Anne Schuchat, a senior official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a call with reporters. Numerous products and substances can be modified by suppliers or users.

As the CDC investigation continues, some Midwestern states are taking action. Politicians have been passing legal guidelines banning e-cigarettes and different tobacco-related merchandise.

But will students stop vaping? He said he started vaping about eight years ago after wanting to find an alternative to the cigarettes he'd been smoking for more than 20 years. In fact, Juul is in a league of its own. "We're just saying that right now it's very hard for a consumer to know what they have", she said. Signs, however, increasingly point to THC as the culprit.

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

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