U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 18, illnesses surpass 1,000: CDC

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In the meantime, the CDC recommends United States consumers avoid all vaping products - especially products containing THC and bought off the street.

The messaging has gotten a little messy.

More than a third of patients are under age 21, but the deaths have been older adults who apparently had more difficulty recovering.

Officials have yet to identify the cause for the outbreak, which dates back to late March, and are pursuing multiple lines of investigation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intensified its warnings about the risks of vaping, as the number of patients with vaping-related illness continues to climb. And the Food and Drug Administration, which is collecting and testing samples of products used by patients, has found vitamin E as well. Ryan Bartlett, who works for the department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, said one of the only options to try to gain control of the problem is through marketing.

E-cigarettes were on hand in the USA since 2006 and it is no longer determined whether or no longer the outbreak is handiest going down now - or if there were cases earlier that were wrongly diagnosed.

Patients are coming into hospitals with cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting.

"That correlation is higher the younger the people are when they began vaping", he added. "About 78 percent reported using THC-containing products within three months of symptom onset, and 37 percent reported using only THC-containing products". Signs, however, increasingly point to THC as the culprit.

Most of the recommendations, including banning the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, will require legislation, he said.

Many of the THC-containing products linked to the outbreak in IL and Wisconsin came from "off the street" and not dispensaries, but Schuchat said it was premature to rule out any other concerning products.

A representative from the American Cancer Society said they have been working with the state as they investigate these cases.

"This may be more complicated, even than we think", the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said on a conference call with journalists.

Does this mean e-cigarettes are now more risky than cigarettes? "Given the continued occurrence of life threatening new cases CDC recommends that people refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products particularly those containing THC", she said.

No. Well being consultants say cigarettes are nonetheless worse for you. She said the number would go up from eight inspectors now to 20.

"In comparison with cigarettes, nearly anything would be less harmful", mentioned UC San Francisco tobacco professional Ruth Malone.