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What you need to know about e-cigarettes

What you need to know about e-cigarettes”

The CDC describes it as a severe, unexplained respiratory condition after reported vaping or e-cigarette use.

The 22 states reporting cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette products include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, with additional states pending verification.

E-cigarettes and vapes work by producing an aerosol by heating a liquid that contains nicotine, marijuana, or other drug products as well as added chemicals and flavorings which can contain harmful products like heavy metals, cancer-causing chemicals, and other volatile organic compounds. No specific product has been identified, though many patients report having used tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products.

The State Health Department said Friday (August 24) that it's now looking into 21 potential cases, up from 11 the week before.

"We are saddened to hear of the first death related to the outbreak of severe lung disease in those who use e-cigarette or "vaping" devices". That number has risen from the 94 cases that the CDC lately stated it would investigate.

The State of IL has the first death in the United States related to vaping.

CDC on Friday said 22 states have reported a total of 193 potential cases of the severe lung illness, including the one case involving an IL adult who died last month. As CDC Director Robert R. Redfield put it, "Youth use of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe".

CDC Director Robert Redfield said: "This tragic death in IL reinforces the serious risk associated with e-cigarette products".

Zeller said that they are also trying to confirm if the illnesses are the result of the products themselves or of mixing them with other substances. Some have reported gastrointestinal illnesses, as well.

Officials did not release the name of the patient who passed away, but this news follows on the heels of reports of multiple hospitalizations potentially linked to vaping and warnings from health officials.

Health officials have said reported cases of the illness across various states appear to be similar, but a lot remains unknown.

For more information, click on the links in the Related Links box. Patients with a history of vaping who are experiencing breathing problems should seek medical care.

Shortness of breath is a common side-effect of both prolonged vaping and smoking, which can lead to increased heart rates. The possibility of infectious diseases has been ruled out.

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