Vaping Has Killed Five People, Sickened 450 — CDC Cites Deadly New Lung Disease

With residents in as many as 33 states affected by this condition, health organization is recommending people not use these e-cigarettes until an investigation is complete

The CDC has a very serious warning for vapers: There is a vaping-related lung disease sweeping the nation.

It’s already killed five people and left 450 other people very sick.

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Residents in a whopping 33 states across the U.S. have been impacted by the lung disease.

The FDA said it has identified a “vitamin E oil-derivative” that is found in cannabis e-liquids.

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It’s been used by the people suffering from the vaping-related lung illnesses.

However, it’s still unclear exactly what the vapers who died were inhaling.

The CDC is recommending that people consider not using e-cigarettes until the investigation is complete.

“Vaping-related lung illness has now killed four people and may be sickening as many as 450 people across 33 U.S. states, health officials said Friday,” as The Daily Mail reported — the number of deaths was later updated to five.

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“So far, 215 cases have been confirmed,” the outlet added, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dramatically expanded an investigation.

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“Scientists from Harvard University called the illnesses sweeping the nation a ‘worrisome cluster of pulmonary diseases related to vaping’ in a a New England Journal of Medicine report published Friday.”

“Many but not all of the severe lung illnesses have involved THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, as well as nicotine … Indiana health officials confirmed on Friday that one adult over 18 there has died of vaping-related ‘severe lung injury,’ making that individual the third suspected death from vaping. A fourth death was confirmed later on Friday by Minnesota health officials.”

“State officials who were on an informational FDA call [said] they identified a vitamin E oil-derivative in cannabis e-liquids that had been used by people with vaping-related lung illnesses.”

“On Thursday, state officials who were on an informational FDA call told The Washington Post that they identified a vitamin E oil-derivative in cannabis e-liquids that had been used by people with vaping-related lung illnesses.”

“It is unclear what any of the people who have died were vaping … CDC officials said that many but not all of the reported and confirmed cases involved both THC — the psychoactive chemical in marijuana — and nicotine vaping.”

“Health officials in Oregon said the person who died there had been using a TCH vape pen.”

“During the Thursday call between state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), investigators said they’d found a chemical called vitamin E acetate in almost all of the samples of THC e-cigs they had tested. This chemical may act like grease in the lungs, damaging the tiny sacs that fill with air.”

Watch this video from CBS News on the outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases.

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