US health agency: Vaping-related deaths rises to 42

NEW YORK (dpa)- The number of deaths from a mysterious lung illness linked to the use of e-cigarettes in the United States has risen to 42, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.
The US health agency, which has been collecting information on the outbreak of the lung injury from 49 of the country's 50 states, said there are now 2,172 cases of the illness, over 100 more than a week ago.

The 42 deaths were confirmed in 24 states, with the average age of the deceased patients being 52 years.
The CDC said that the median age of those suffering from the illness, which it refers to as EVALI, is 24 years, with 79 per cent under 35 years old.
The New York Times reported this week that a 17-year-old boy had suffered irreversible damage from the vaping-related lung illness and was forced undergo a lifesaving double-lung transplant.
President Donald Trump has said that he plans to raise the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes, tweeting on Monday that he plans to "come up with an acceptable solution to the vaping and e-cigarette dilemma."
Last week the CDC announced a breakthough in their research into EVALI. The agency said that they found vitamin E acetate in all the fluid samples collected from the lungs of 29 patients from 10 states.
"This is the first time that we have detected a potential chemical of concern in biologic samples from patients with these lung injuries," the CDC said in a statement.

Friday, November 15th 2019

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