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Lung Illness Caused by Vaping Claims Three More Lives

Reports of deaths linked with lung illness caused by vaping are arriving from several parts of the country. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed on Friday, three more cases of patients succumbing to such illnesses. The latest victim of the vaping related disease has been identified as a 55-year-old man from California.

More than 450 cases of illnesses linked with vaping have been reported so far in 33 states with 5 of them resulting in deaths. Among the two other cases of deaths linked to vaping reported on Friday, was that of an A 65-year-old patient from Minnesota who died in August and another from Indiana who died from a severe lung injury, confirmed CDC. The health agency hasn’t yet identified any specific brand of e-cigarette. Health officials haven’t provided any extra detail about the Indiana patient except that the person was above 18 years of age.

Illinois became the first state to register a death linked with vaping in late August followed by the second that took place in Oregon in the past week. Health officials across the country haven’t yet been able to identify a common link between the reported cases. However, a report published on Thursday by New York health officials pointed at the presence of vitamin E acetate from all the 34 samples┬áthat they collected from patients who vaped with marijuana products.

In a post made on Twitter, Dr. Ned Sharpless, FDA Commissioner said that “We are leaving no stone unturned in following any potential leads, including Vitamin E acetate, found in many of the samples containing THC, and we’re committed to taking appropriate actions as the facts emerge. We urge consumers to avoid buying vaping products from the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores.”

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