On Thursday, the vaping-related death of a person in his mid-40s, Missouri health officials announced. That is America’s eighth loss of life linked to severe lung injury and illness tied to e-cigarettes.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services mentioned the man had normal lung function before he began to vape in May. He developed mild respiratory symptoms that worsened and was hospitalized on August 22.
Vaping-related illnesses have been linked to seven previous deaths two in California and one every in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon. On Thursday CDC health officials mentioned that they count on more deaths to be reported.
There have been 530 confirmed, and possible causes of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes as of September 17, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned Thursday. That’s 150 more than was reported on September 11.
As of September 17, there have been vaping-related illnesses in 38 states and one US territory, the CDC stated. Among the cases for which patients’ sex and age can be found, 72% are in males, 67% are in people ages 18 to 34, 16% are in people younger than 18, and 17% are in people age 35 and older. More than half of the cases are in people younger than 25.
Still, health officials stated they hadn’t discovered a definitive cause or a transparent connection between cases, and they warned that patients worried about turning into ill from vaping should refrain from using e-cigarettes.