Wednesday 23 October 2019

Death toll from vaping lung illness rises to 25


Washington governor Jay Inslee. Photo: Meg Kinnard/AP
Washington governor Jay Inslee. Photo: Meg Kinnard/AP

Rachael Alexander

Deaths from a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes have risen to 25 across 21 US states.

Yesterday Utah confirmed the state's first death.

Latest data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed 1,080 confirmed and probable cases of the illness, as of October 1.

The states that have reported deaths are Alabama, California (two), Delaware, Florida, Georgia (two), Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (two), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon (two), Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Utah.

Some 70pc of the 889 patients, on whom data is available, are male. And some 16pc are below 18 years of age, according to the CDC.

Data shows all reported patients have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping.

Patients have reported symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath or chest pain, as well as nausea or diarrhoea.

Washington governor Jay Inslee urged state agencies to ban flavoured and cannabis-derived vaping products. He said more stringent rules could follow.

Irish Independent

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