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United States vaping-related deaths rise to 29

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With the death toll continuing to rise many states are passing bans on certain e-cigarette products

The CDC reports the number of confirmed and probable lung injury related to e-cigarettes and vaping was 1,299 as of Tuesday.

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As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed 26 deaths across 21 states, including three fatalities each in Alabama and California.

In this October 4, 2019, photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

That's an increase from last week, when there were 1,080 cases of vaping-related lung injuries reported in 48 states and the US Virgin Islands.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidance to health departments and providers on Friday, advising people to refrain from smoking vapes containing THC, a psychoactive component of marijuana, and consider refraining from vaping nicotine, as well.

The serious respiratory illness has prompted a health scare that has led U.S. officials to urge people to stop vaping, especially with products containing THC.

Individual states have reported a total of 27 deaths: three in California; two each from Georgia, Kansas and OR; and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia. The age range of the cases is 16 to 67 years old.

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

Adults who are vaping should not smoke combustible cigarettes as a replacement for nicotine.

Ned Sharpless, the acting head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported that among samples tested of THC containing products, 47 percent contained Vitamin E acetate which is used as a cutting agent and is harmful when vaporized and inhaled.

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