Fifth Person Dies Of Vaping-Related Illness As 450 More Left With Severe Lung Problems

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A man from California has been reported to be the fifth person to have passed away following a suspected vaping-related illness.

The LA County man, who is said to have been over the age of 55, reportedly suffered from other chronic health conditions at the time of his death. Other deaths have been reported in the states of Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois and Oregon. Another man was placed into a medically induced coma in Utah.


As of Friday, September 6, officials have stated there are now 450 possible cases across 33 states and one territory, including the five reported deaths.

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Out of the 450 cases of severe pulmonary disease reported across the US, the majority have reportedly involved young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who were initially suspected to have a pneumonia-like infection.

These cases of respiratory illness have resulted in severe symptoms, including chest pain, coughing shortness of breath and vomiting. In each of the confirmed cases, patients had vaped nicotine or the marijuana constituent THC within the last 90 days.


As reported by People, officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have urged people to stop vaping after the number of cases doubled in the space of just one week.

As reported by People, CDC incident manager, Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, 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.


A total of 12 people in LA County have now been hospitalised due to e-cigarette-related injuries, with almost all these individuals having vaped using THC. One third were reported to be older adults.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer has issued the following warning:

Today we’re issuing a warning to all residents about the use of these devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function, Stop vaping now.

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Sixth Person Dies Of Vaping-Related Lung Disease As Doctors Urge People To Stop

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CDC officials have yet to figure out the precise chemical or substance these cases have in common, with affected patients reportedly having used various vaping products. Some patients used e-cigarettes with just nicotine, while others used cannabis-based products.

As noted by Leafly, suspicion has been raised regarding additives in black market vape products contributing to the spate of deaths and health issues. They advise anyone using products which are unregulated to stop immediately.

As reported by The Guardian, an estimated nine million adults and 3.6 million teenagers in the US use e-cigarettes. This includes 20 per cent of high school students.

According to The Guardian, doctors have not yet found the best way to treat the condition. In almost all cases, patients were initially treated on antibiotics, with many later treated with steroids, however it is unclear whether or not these treatments have led to improvements.


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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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Los Angeles Times and 3 others
  1. Los Angeles Times

    Hundreds of people nationwide fall ill from vaping, including one death in L.A. County

  2. People

    Federal health officials are urging people to stop vaping By Julie Mazziotta September 06, 2019 05:01 PM FB Twitter More GETTY The number of deaths linked to vaping is now up to five as the Centers for Disease Control investigate the 450 cases of severe lung illness reported nationwide. Three additional deaths were confirmed on Friday in Indiana, Minnesota and California, following two previously reported deaths in Illinois and Oregon. Just a few hours earlier, the CDC held a briefing on the rise of severe lung illnesses connected to e-cigarette use, and said that the number of reported cases had more than doubled in the last week to 450, from just over 200. RELATED: How Dangerous Is Vaping? E-Cigarette Users ‘Should Worry’ About Rise in Lung Illnesses, Says Expert The federal health organization urged Americans to stop using e-cigarettes while it — along with the Food and Drug Administration and state officials — investigate the respiratory problems that have impacted residents in 33 states and one jurisdiction. “While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products,” says Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, incident manager of the CDC’s response to the vaping-related lung injuries. “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.” RELATED: 17-Year-Old Boy’s Lungs Completely Blocked from Vaping, Doctors Say Health officials and doctors have been unsure of what exactly about e-cigarettes is causing “healthy, young people to become ill,” but the CDC said Friday that they are beginning to see trends. Most of the 450 cases involved a young person between 18 and 25 who was initially thought to have a pneumonia-like infection that turned out to be a pulmonary illness. The CDC said they are still unsure of the exact chemical or substance that these cases have in common, as the patients used a variety of vaping products. Some used e-cigarettes with only nicotine, while others primarily used marijuana-based products. RELATED VIDEO: Doug the Pug Teams Up with Truth for Anti-Vaping Campaign Play VideoYOU MIGHT LIKE KYLIE JENNER SAYS HER SISTERS TEASE HER ABOUT BEING A BILLIONAIRE: 'ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR IT?' IRINA SHAYK POSES NUDE IN NEW AD CAMPAIGN FOR CALVIN KLEIN Still, “we are getting a clearer focus … and the investigation is narrowing,” Ileana Arias, the acting deputy director for noninfectious diseases at CDC, said. They also believe that the “lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure,” Meaney-Delman said. RELATED: Utah Teen Will ‘Never Touch a Vape Again’ After Nearly Dying of Severe Lung Illness The CDC also said they are looking into the lab tests from New York state health officials that showed vitamin E acetate in many of the cannabis e-cigarette cartridges that sickened patients had submitted for testing. But, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said that of the 120 samples they have collected so far, not all of them contained vitamin E acetate. “No one substance or compound, including vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all the samples tested,” he said in the briefing. By Julie Mazziotta

  3. The Guardian

    US health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

  4. Leafly

    Vape Pen Lung Disease: Here’s What You Need to Know