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World U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2,291

22:32  05 december  2019
22:32  05 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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US health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more fatality linked to a vaping-related respiratory illness, after the deceased allegedly used the device over a two-week period, taking the total death toll to 48.

As of December 4, 2019, there were 2,291 hospitalized cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) across 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories.

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Health officials said there are more deaths under investigation.

Vape deaths rise in the US. © REUTERS/Heo Ran Vape deaths rise in the US. Investigators have pointed to vaping oils that contain THC - the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana - as being especially risky.

The recent spate of serious respiratory illnesses has led to calls from health departments in the US for people to stop vaping, especially those products containing THC.

Last month, officials reported the discovery of Vitamin E acetate — believed to be used as a cutting agent in illicit vaping products containing marijuana — in lung samples from 29 patients.

CDC has declared Vitamin E acetate a "chemical of concern" and recommended that the substance not be added to e-cigarettes, or vaping products, while the investigation is underway.

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