"While the investigation is ongoing, CDC has advised that individuals consider not using e-cigarettes because as of now, this is the primary means of preventing this type of severe lung disease", Dr. Meaney-Delman said.
"It is time to stop vaping", Norman said. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more.
"State and local public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes or vape, with 450 possible cases reported to date in 33 states and 1 U.S. territory", the department said.
Another at least 450 have a lung illness related to e-cigarettes in one US territory and 33 states, including Kentucky.
"Our laboratory is working closely with our federal and state partners to identify the products or substances that may be causing the illnesses and have received more than 120 samples from the states so far", Dr. Ned Sharpless, Acting FDA Commissioner, said.
"E-cigarette use is harmful, and in partnership with the Health Department, we are educating students and families about its risks", said schools Chancellor Richard Carranza in a statement.
No one knows why, after years of sale of vaping devices and chemicals, the practice suddenly may be unsafe.
The Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday two cases of vaping illness have been reported in the state. Previous year alone, we saw a 48% increase in vaping among middle schoolers and a 78% increase in vaping among high schoolers. Most of the victims of the unknown affliction have been hospitalized with some combination of respiratory symptoms (mainly cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath), gastrointestinal issues, and fever-like symptoms.
"Anyone who thinks that they may be experiencing serious breathing problems linked to vaping should seek immediate medical attention", Acton said. Those who use e-cigarette products are urged not to buy them off the street, modify them, or add any substances to the products that are not intended by the manufacturer. "Particularly, products obtained from social sources or off the street, it is hard to know what is contained in these e-cigarette products".
It noted that youth and young adults shouldn't use e-cigarettes, pregnant women shouldn't use them, and adults who don't use tobacco products shouldn't use them.