U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 48, cases of illness to 2,291
Reuters reports federal “health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping over a two-week period, taking the total death toll to 48.” As of December 4, “there were 2,291 hospitalized cases reported to the” CDC “from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories.” There are additional “deaths under investigation, health officials said.”
The number of cases of vaping-related lung illness in Ohio reaches 81.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports 81 Ohioans “have suffered severe lung damage after using e-cigarettes, according to a Thursday afternoon Ohio Department of Health update.” In the state, the median age of those affected by vaping-related lung illness is 24, “and 70% of people who have become sick were men.” Still, “no one in Ohio has died after vaping.”
Several Massachusetts patients with probable cases of vaping-related lung illness reported use of regulated marijuana products.
The Boston Globe says “six Massachusetts patients with probable – but not confirmed – cases of vaping-related lung illnesses reported using regulated products from state-licensed marijuana companies, state health officials revealed Thursday night.” Although “the patients represent a small fraction of the 90 probable and confirmed cases of vaping-related lung illnesses flagged so far by the state Department of Public Health,” they “mark the first time state authorities have explicitly linked the lung illnesses to cannabis vapes purchased at legal stores and dispensaries.”
Nearly a third of high school students report using tobacco products in past 30 days, CDC survey indicates.
The New York Times reports that “while e-cigarettes are still the most popular” tobacco product among teens, young people “are also smoking other items like cigarillos…the C.D.C. says.” Almost “one in three high school students has reported using a tobacco product recently, according to a new federal survey.” Brian King, deputy director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC, said, “The data released today on youth tobacco product use are deeply troubling and indicate that past progress in reducing youth use of these products has been erased.” CDC Director Robert Redfield stated, “Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.” The Times adds that during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, “noted that new information from a separate federal survey should be considered when weighing which flavors” of vaping products should be banned.