More Vaping Deaths Reported As FDA Investigation Widens To Discover Cause
As lung disease caused by vaping grows to 530 cases, medical experts are scratching their heads to come with real viable answers. The amount of vape related illnesses reported this week has grown by 150 cases, from the original 380 cases last week.
The amount of cases has officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, scrambling to find a cause. Officials are concerned at the rapid rate the cases are being reported.
Others are saying these numbers could be the tip of the iceberg. Officials are concerned that there could be many more cases that are not being reported. Seventy five percent of the cases being reported are males. Officials are reporting that two thirds of the documented cases are people between the ages of 18 and 34.
In addition to the CDC the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are examining 150 different vape products. The FDA advises that this issue now can be considered ‘criminal’. Furthermore the criminal division of the FDA is now involved in the case. Both the CDC and the FDA say that the cause of these cases of illness and deaths attributed to vaping, is ‘baffling’ as of now.
The Director Of The FDA, Mitch Zeller Said No Individual Vapers Will Be Targeted
According to Mitch Zeller the director of the FDA, the goal isn’t to signal out any one vape producer. Due to the evidence collected thus far, the deaths or cases of illness is not from any one product.
The products vary by type and companies producing the vaping products. Zeller points out that there has not been any one component or ingredient of vape products that can be attributed to the cause. Although some of cases involve users that were using both tobacco and marijuana. Neither of the vape products has been named as the cause.
Vitamin E acetate has also been found to be present in high amounts in several vaping products. Zeller and others investigating these cases, are saying that is not the direct cause. The CDC confirmed the 8th death from vaping this week. Furthermore, the CDC said the fatalities were in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.
Dr. Anne Schuchat Deputy Director Of The CDC Says She Expects More Vaping Deaths Reports Daily
What is worrying officials the most, is that the reporting cases are not easing, but growing wider. Dr. Anne Schuchat the Deputy Director of the CDC said ‘unfortunately there are going to be many more deaths and lung disease before a cause is found’.
Earlier this week a man in his 40’s died in Missouri of lung disease attributed to his use of e-cigarettes. This latest death is the 8th documented death from vaping and the first in the state of Missouri. Vaping has been around since the 1960’s, however the type that people are getting sick from was developed in 2003 in China. Over 93% of all vaping products used in the U.S. are made and imported from China.