October 2, 2019- A vaping-related death in Nebraska has brought the suspected death toll from lung illnesses linked to vaping to at least 15 people with more than 800 people injured according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Public health officials are still working to discover the cause of the outbreak. Several states are working to pass their own bans on flavored vaping products.
Sept 18, 2019- As the outbreak of severe lung disease among vape users continues to grow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their numbers to include 380 confirmed or probable cases in 36 states including seven deaths.
According to the CDC, all reported cases have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping. Most patients have reported a history of using vape products that contain THC. Investigators still don’t know the exact cause of the illness, but the symptoms have been described as pneumonia-like. Many of the patients were believed to be in good health before reporting the illness.
Vaping companies like Juul have been accused of illegally advertising nicotine pods as a safer alternative than cigarettes, despite having no approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In early September 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Juul Labs Inc. for marketing unauthorized “modified risk tobacco products” by targeting consumers through advertising, social media influencers, and other activities.
Nobody knows all of the effects that vaping can have in the short or long term, that is why we are encouraging traditional tobacco users (cigarettes, chew, etc.) and current vapers to try quitting the right way.