CDC Reports 47 Deaths and Nearly 2,300 Illnesses Related to Vaping
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 47 deaths and almost 2,300 illnesses have been attributed to vaping. The CDC identified vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing e-cigarettes, to be associated with many of these illnesses and deaths. The CDC notes that vaping lung disease symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, and weight loss.
Lung illnesses and deaths linked to flavored electronic cigarette use have skyrocketed in just the past few months, leading to a number of health organizations lobbying for tighter regulations on vaping. Additionally, lawsuits have been filed on behalf of young adults affected by vaping injuries, claiming that e-cigarette companies—namely Juul Labs Inc., the industry’s largest—used deceptive advertising to market their products as being safer alternatives to cigarettes.
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