Vaping death toll hits 42, over 2,100 lung illnesses reported nationwide

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported another death related to vaping.

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting a fourth person has died from severe lung injuries caused by e-cigarette use.

As of November 13, 2019, 2,172 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury have been reported to CDC from 49 states and 42 deaths from the illness have been confirmed in 24 states.

"Sadly, we report the tragic impact e-cigarettes have had on another Missourian, and we send our condolences to her family", said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS director.

Officials say the growing number of deaths underscores the severity of these illnesses and they continue to work with federal agencies to pinpoint the exact cause of the outbreak.

- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain. "As previously stated, we encourage Missourians to follow the CDC guidance to refrain from using e-cigarette products if you are concerned about these specific health risks, especially while the investigation is ongoing". In addition, people should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.

Health officials last week also dubbed the discovery of Vitamin E acetate - believed to be used as a cutting agent in illicit vaping products containing marijuana components - in all lung samples from 29 patients as a breakthrough in their investigation.

Those who were most likely to use tobacco products were between 25 and 44; members of certain minority groups, including lesbian, gay and bisexual adults; those living with a disability or serious psychological distress; people in the Midwest or South; and adults making less than $35,000 per year.

The report estimated that 49.1 million U.S. adults, or almost 1 in 5, used any tobacco product in 2018. India and some USA states have banned e-cigarettes.

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