United States health officials have reported that the death toll in the vaping illness outbreak has topped 50. The 52 deaths in 26 states are among the 2,409 hospitalized cases that have been reported across the nation this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hospitalized cases have been most common in the Midwest, with some of the highest rates in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Although the median age of the vaping-related death is 52, most of the individuals who have suffered damage to their lungs have been teenagers and those in their early 20s. The outbreak, which started in March and peaked in August and September, is still on the rise. The majority of the cases, 43 percent to be exact, were people hospitalized since November 17, according to the CDC.
Although no definite culprit has been identified for these injuries and deaths, CDC officials have narrowed it to a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate. This compound, which is a thickening agent added to illicit THC vaping liquids, has been commonly found in the lungs of victims who have fallen ill from these products. These hazardous chemicals have found to be laced in non-certified vaping products, which are mostly sold at unlicensed dispensaries and other unauthorized establishments.
If you are an avid electronic cigarette user, be extremely cautious about the products you purchase to vape. For those who continue to use these products, be sure to monitor your symptoms. Seek medical attention immediately if you have any health concerns. You can contact your local health care provider or call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) strongly advises the public:
- Do NOT use vape products that contain THC.
- Do NOT purchase vape products from the streets or other illicit sources.
- Do NOT use any vape products if you are pregnant or underage.
- Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should NOT start using these products. If you are an adult who uses vape products instead of cigarettes, do NOT return to smoking cigarettes.
If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates have achieved over $135 million for their clients so far. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation with one of the attorneys, call 949-727-9300.
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