Vaping-related lung injuries now in all states but one: CDC

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There are 1,299 lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette products in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alaska is the only state without a reported case.

That’s an increase from last week, when there were 1,080 cases of vaping-related lung injuries reported in 48 states and the US Virgin Islands.

Among 1,043 patients with data on sex and age, about 80% are under 35 years old, 15% are under 18 years old and 21% are 18 to 20 years old. The median age of patients is 24 years and they range in age from 13 to 75 years. About 70% of patients are male.

The CDC on Thursday also identified 26 vaping-related deaths in 21 states.

Individual states have reported a total of 27 deaths: three in California; two each from Georgia, Kansas and Oregon; and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

More deaths are under investigation, according to the CDC. The patients who died ranged in age from 17 to 75.

The CDC, US Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are continuing to investigate the multistage outbreak. The specific chemical exposure causing these lung injuries remains unknown.

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