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Mass. health officials announce first death linked to vaping-related lung injury

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"We hope that this laboratory effort will provide additional information on the products, potential substances and clinical findings associated with e-cigarette use or vaping", Schuchat said.

Another 37 per cent reported exclusive use of THC products, and 17 per cent said they had only used products containing nicotine.

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

"The increasing number of lung injury cases we see associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, is deeply concerning", said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., in an October 3 media statement.(www.cdc.gov) "Unfortunately, this may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the escalating health threat this outbreak poses to the American public, particularly youth and young adults". While evidence points to a higher incidence of negative health impacts among users of off-market THC products, some patients suffering negative health impacts report using only nicotine products or products obtained legally. The latest death is in MA, right outside Berkshire County. Of those, nine cases were confirmed by the CDC, and another 10 are considered probable.

Nearly 25% of high school-aged youth in New Hampshire report using vaping products.

Almost 70% of the 889 patients, on whom data is available, are male, with 16% below 18 years of age, according to the CDC.

'We are investigating these cases as quickly as possible and working with our federal partners to better understand this outbreak'. The median age of patients in OH is 21. In Wisconsin, two groups of friends (two patients in one group and three in the second group) who became ill after using THC-containing cartridges specifically reported sharing Dank Vapes cartridges.

The CDC is investigating that outbreak, which has resulted in at least 18 deaths.

Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states outside of MA. "This is particularly important for people who are adolescents or young adults". "We do recommend people concerned about this disease consider not using e-cigarettes or vaping products, especially ones containing THC".

Though the investigation is ongoing and the cause remains unknown at this time.

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