• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Extinct
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK

Five People Have Now Died From Mysterious Lung Illness Linked To Vaping

Claire Reid

Published 
| Last updated 

Five People Have Now Died From Mysterious Lung Illness Linked To Vaping

Five people have died due to a mystery lung disease that doctors think may be caused by vaping.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said the number of possible cases of severe respiratory illness from people who vape or use e-cigarettes now stands at around 450 across 33 states in the US, NPR reports.

A large percentage of those who have become ill reported using cannabis-derived vaping products with THC - while a much smaller group said they had only vaped nicotine.

In response to the recent spate of illnesses, the CDC is now urging people to pack in vaping until they get to the bottom of the problem.

Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, from CDC, said: "While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products.

"People who do use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms, for example, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and vomiting - and promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns."

As yet, no infectious causes have been identified, but the CDC has said the 'lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure'.

On Thursday, New York health officials said that tests discovered vitamin E acetate in a number of vaping cartridges containing cannabis that had been handed in by people who had become ill.

The officials said this now 'a key focus' of the investigation.

The Food and Drug Administration is now analysing samples for a wide range of substances and is warning people to 'think twice' before buying any vaping cartridges from any unregulated sources.

Mutch Zeller, director of the FDA's Centre for Tobacco Products, said: "With these increasing reports.

"If you're thinking of purchasing one of these products off the street, out of the back of a car, out of a trunk, in an alley - or if you are then going to go home and make modifications to the product yourself using something that you purchased from some third party or got from a friend - think twice."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: US News

Claire Reid
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Community

Outrage as plumber charges old woman £356 to put 13p tape on leaking pipe

a minute ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Dad jailed after tackling burglars who 'escaped justice' speaks out after public raise hundreds of thousands for him

2 hours ago