USA vaping illnesses top 1,000, death count is up to 18

First vaping-related death reported in Alabama, health officials confirm

First vaping-related death reported in Alabama, health officials confirm

Over the past week, a number of states reported their first case or death related to the outbreak, but many questions remain unanswered. No other details were provided.

DE announced the state's first vaping-related death on Thursday. "Our thoughts are with the family during this hard time", said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, in a statement.

A group of doctors from the Mayo Clinic in the United States have published a report examining the lung tissue of people with vaping-related injuries.

Despite the report, CDC officials say it is too soon to narrow their investigation to THC or a specific brand.

"There may be a lot of different nasty things in e-cigarette or vaping products, and they may cause different harms in the lung", Schuchat said.

Only one of the 11 cases involves nicotine-only exposure.

On Sept. 27, the CDC announced THC, a compound found in marijuana, is tied to hundreds of cases and at least 12 deaths. "Dank Vapes was the only e-cigarette product reported by one of the patients", according to the report from the two states.

Most of the recommendations, including banning the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, will require legislation, he said.

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"Unfortunately, this may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the escalating health threat this outbreak poses to the American public, particularly youth and young adults", said Robert Redfield, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some US states, most recently MA, have moved to ban vaping altogether until its health effects are better understood. Federal officials are pursuing similar restrictions created to curb underage vaping, although they are expected to take more time.

Of the 578 victims for whom the CDC has data, 78 percent used THC, 58 percent used nicotine, 37 percent used only THC and 17 percent used only nicotine.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin called the governor's plan "comprehensive and thorough", and said he'd work to craft legislation. A message was left with his office on Murphy's proposals. "These are really serious injuries in the lung and we don't know how well people will recover from them, whether lung damage may be permanent".

Vaping illness is a growing concern, according to the CDC.

"But I try to get them to set a quit date with the e-cigarettes as well", she said.

The median age of those affected is 20, with ages ranging from 15 to 51.

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