(Reuters) – The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned on Friday it had recognized 193 potential instances of extreme lung sickness tied to vaping in 22 states as of Aug. 22, together with one grownup in Illinois who died after being hospitalized.
The CDC has been investigating a “cluster” of lung sicknesses that it believes could also be linked to e-cigarette use, though it has not but been in a position to set up whether or not they have been actually brought on by vaping.
E-cigarettes are usually considered safer than conventional cigarettes, which kill as much as half of all lifetime customers, in line with the World Well being Group. However the long-term well being results of vaping are largely unknown.
In a briefing with the press, representatives from well being companies, together with the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, mentioned they haven’t linked the sicknesses to any particular product and that some sufferers had reporting vaping with hashish liquids.
Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Middle for Tobacco Merchandise, mentioned the company is analyzing product samples from states, to determine any probably dangerous constituents which may be triggering the sicknesses.
He mentioned well being companies try to study which particular vaping merchandise have been used and whether or not they have been getting used as supposed or combined with different substances.
“These sorts of info have to be strung collectively for each single one in all these instances, in order that we will see if every other sorts of patterns have emerged,” Zeller mentioned.
The variety of potential instances have greater than doubled over the previous week. On Aug. 17 the CDC mentioned it was investigating 94 potential lung sicknesses in 14 states.
Brian King, deputy director of analysis translation on the CDC’s smoking and well being division, mentioned it’s doable there might have been earlier instances that well being companies had not recognized.
“The underside line is that there’s quite a lot of issues in e-cigarette aerosols that would have implications for lung well being,” mentioned King, including that none of these compounds have been immediately linked to the latest hospitalizations.
In an announcement on Thursday, Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Affiliation, mentioned he was “assured” the sicknesses have been being brought on by units containing hashish or different artificial medication, not nicotine.
Sufferers have reported problem respiratory, shortness of breath and generally chest ache earlier than being hospitalized. Some have proven signs like vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue.
“The severity of sickness persons are experiencing is alarming and we should get the phrase out that utilizing e-cigarettes and vaping might be harmful,” Illinois Division of Public Well being Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike mentioned in an announcement earlier.
Reporting by Matthew Lavietes in New York, Chris Kirkham in Los Angeles and Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Marguerita Choy