Most vaping-related lung injuries linked to marijuana products — CDC

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Although vaping is thought to be less harmful than traditional smoking, it can still be addictive and bad for your health. Anyone that has recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and has any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

Several states - including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and MI - have all explored banning and temporarily banning vape products.

The number of vaping-related lung-injury cases stands at 805, up from 530 reported a week earlier, the CDC said Thursday.

If you think you are sick and have been vaping, make sure you go see a doctor right away.

State Rep. Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican, introduced two Ohio House bills this week that would stop the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and products, and place restrictions on vaping shops and their customers.

Another CDC study, based on interviews with 86 patients in Wisconsin and IL, found that 87 percent "reported using e-cigarette products containing THC". "They were selling these [on] the street". The U.S. Food and Drug Administration didn't get the power to do that until three years ago and is still working out the details.

Around the country, law enforcement is trying to crack down on black market dealers. Several lawmakers suggested e-cigarettes should be completely removed from the market. Schuchat said that because of those cases, they are not narrowing their investigation to only THC products. "We are really concerned for our teens".

One difficultly in unraveling this outbreak is that numerous patients around the country who have gotten sick acknowledge using both THC and nicotine vaping products and have used a wide variety of brands and products.

"Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and we're taking action to put an end to it". In any case, there is no indication so far that any of the patients were using legal e-cigarettes, as opposed to black-market pods or e-liquids, which may pose special hazards. There's no cap in the U.S. And the surge in U.S. teen vaping brought warnings from health officials that nicotine can harm a teenager's still developing brain. Studies also show almost 78 percent of high school students and 75 percent of middle school students report being exposed to pro-tobacco marketing in 2016.

Still, health officials caution that they rely on self-reported data.

"It's not very surprising that a place like England has embraced e-cigarettes", Kennedy said.

"The outbreak is now pointing to a greater concern around THC containing products", said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on a call with reporters on Friday.

"Any death related to vaping is one too many, and this is entirely preventable", Dr. Paul Byers, the state epidemiologist for the Mississippi State Department of Health, said in a news release on Thursday.

She said based on the most recent reports the CDC recommends that people avoid using e-cigarettes or other vaping products, "particularly those containing THC".

Health officials identified 234 unique vaping products across 87 brand names.

"It's inconceivable that any legitimate vaping product would cause that degree of damage", Britton said.

"Additionally we are working with Customs and Border Protection to identify illicit vaping products at global mail facilities", he said. "But I actually think there may be a very complex set of root causes here that are going to be hard for us to address as a nation". The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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