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CDC urging people to avoid vaping as it searches for a cause of vaping related lung illness

Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 18:51:57-04

At least three people have died from a mysterious lung disease linked to E-cigarettes. The most recent death was reported death in Indiana.

Officials area also reporting 450-possible cases of lung illnesses related to vaping and E-cigarettes.

A report released September 6, 2019 by the Centers for Disease Control is urging people to avoid vaping as the agency searches for the cause, or causes, of the illnesses.

The CDC reports no single product is linked to all cases of lung disease associated with vaping and E-cigarettes.

However, it also says initial state findings point to clinical similarities in illnesses among people who use e-cigarettes or “vape.”

The report said many but not all patients reported recently using e-cigarette products containing THC. It adds that some used e-cigarette products that contained both THC and nicotine. And, that a small number of people reporting only using products containing nicotine to vape.

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC said, "We are committed to finding out what is making people sick.” “All available information is being carefully analyzed, and these initial findings are helping us narrow the focus of our investigation and get closer to the answers needed to save lives.”

The CDC is also teaming up with the Food and Drug Administration to test product samples.

They hope it will help identify what's causing vaping-related lung disease.

August 1, 2019, the CDC launched a multi-state investigation into lung illnesses associated with vaping and E-cigarettes.

Oklahoma's State Health Department tells 2 Works For You, it is “Urging physicians to report any cases of unexplained severe pulmonary disease associated with using E-cigarette products."

But so far, its "Acute Disease Service is not currently investigating any suspect cases."

If you are concerned about your health after using E-cigarettes, the CDC recommends contacting your health care provider or the Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222.

In another report released today, Oklahoma State University researchers, looked at how smoking and vaping affect sleep. Click here to find out more.

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