CDC: Vaping has led to dozens of deaths, 2,000 lung illnesses

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The C-D-C identified the acetate as a *possible cause for vaping related illnesses.

Nationally, 39 people have died from using e-cigarette, vaping products

New figures released Thursday by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control show more than 2,000 people across the U.S. have become ill from using e-cigarette and vaping related products.

As of Nov. 5, 2019, 2,051 cases had been reported to the CDC from 49 states (except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory. That’s an increase of 163 cases from the CDC’s Oct. 29, 2019, update.

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Health officials identify potential toxin involved in vaping-related illnesses

The CDC also reported two more vaping-related deaths, bringing the total to 39.

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Health officials said last week they've found evidence to suggest vitamin E acetate might be a "very strong culprit" in the slew of deadly vaping-related illnesses reported nationwide.

Vitamin E acetate was found in the fluids of 29 people who fell ill as part of the outbreak, CDC officials said.

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E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat liquid, turning it into vapor for inhaling. They are an increasingly popular alternative to combustible cigarettes.

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Symptoms, which worsen over time, include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Investigators are increasingly focused on thickeners and additives found in illegal THC cartridges sold on the black market. Authorities caution that people who decide to continue vaping should not buy products off the street, and they should not modify or add any substances to the products.

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While almost 80% of patients are under 35, older people are far more likely to die from the mysterious lung illness. The average of age of those dying is 49, according to the CDC.