Doctors have yet to pinpoint what about vaping causes the problem, although they suspect it is related to chemical exposure.
"In cases like this, we typically turn to [the] OCI", said Mitch Zeller, the director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA. "The focus of their work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain".
An adult in Maine was sickened by using an e-cigarette, the first such case in the state, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported Friday.
A congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on the outbreaks next Tuesday.
"We're facing a true epidemic in this country", DeGette said in a statement.
While the board wants to use the time before the October meeting to weigh all options and come up with an optimum solution, the health unit's medical officer of health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, told BlackburnNewsWindsor.com Thursday that they want to do their due diligence when it comes to any policy concerning public health.
The backlash against vaping products isn't only being felt in the US. India has banned the sale, import, advertising, and production of e-cigarettes, while Chinese retailers have stopped selling Juul products.
The CDC has published its latest update on the vaping lung injury outbreak, revealing that the number of cases has increased to at least 530 people, the majority of whom are between the ages of 18 and 34. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana or other substances.
A bipartisan group in Congress is working with parents to keep teenagers away from e-cigarettes, while accusing the vaping industry of marketing to kids. That's 150 more than had been reported the previous week. One substance, vitamin E acetate, has surfaced in some lab samples and is believed by NY health officials to be the potential cause of some of the illnesses. No one substance has surfaced in all samples. USA health officials also warned against altering vaping products sold from vendors.
Vaping-related illnesses have been linked to seven deaths in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon. Illnesses are most common among men, who account for 72 percent of the confirmed cases.