As per the CDC, New CDC report provides first analysis of lung injury deaths associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products:

 

  • As of October 22, 2019, 34 deaths in patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC. 59% were men and the median age was 45 years.
  • As of October 22, 2019, 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported 1,604 cases of EVALI
  • 86% reported any use of THC-containing products, 64% reported any use of nicotine-containing products, 52% reported any use of both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products, 34% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products, and 11% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.

The report also reinforces that THC-containing products continue to play a major role in the outbreak.

The CDC recommends that you do not use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC.  And since the specific cause or causes of lung injury are not yet known, the only way to assure that you are not at risk while the investigation continues is to consider refraining from use of all e-cigarette and vaping products.  Adults addicted to nicotine using e-cigarettes should weigh all risks and benefits and consider utilizing FDA approved nicotine replacement therapies. They should not turn to or resume using combustible tobacco.  There is no safe tobacco product. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, carry a risk.

CDC will continue to update guidance, as appropriate, as new data emerges from this complex outbreak.

More information about the investigation is available atwww.cdc.gov/lunginjury.