Missouri confirms 2 vaping illnesses, studying 7 other cases

U.S. cuts vaping-related illness total under refined case definition

The illnesses are likely associated with a chemical in the vape liquids, but this is not yet proven, Meaney-Delman said.

The 380 cases the federal health agency is probing all have a history of vaping or e-cigarette use.

Scans of their lungs showed a build-up of fats, which has been linked to e-cigarette use in the past. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance.

The cases come amid an outbreak of similar illnesses across the nation.

Some people have mild or no symptoms at all, while other people may experience chest pain, coughing and breathing issues.

This makes the condition extremely rare.

Since no single device or product, additive or substance has been identified in all cases, the CDC is recommending that Americans avoid vaping. The devices, available in the United States since 2006, work instead by heating a liquid that turns into vapor and is inhaled.

Research has found that the aerosol from e-cigarettes was significantly lower in toxins than from conventional cigarettes, although toxins could be detected.

The states reporting vaping-related lung illnesses to the CDC are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands.

They all used electronic vaping pens or e-cigarettes to vape THC.

The one-year abstinence rate among e-cigarette users was 18 percent, compared to 9.9 percent among a group who used other nicotine replacement products like gum or patches.

After receiving intravenous methylprednisone, which treats inflammation, their conditions improved and they were sent home with more medications. It said that vitamin E is "one piece of the puzzle".

'These five cases highlight the importance of awareness of a potential association between use of marijuana oils or concentrates in e-cigarettes and lipoid pneumonia, ' the authors wrote.

The CDC said it will no longer report possible cases or cases under investigation.

The vaping industry is adamant that it doesn't want underage people using its products, and says that more must be done to prevent their sale. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is running its own tests on 120 vaping liquid samples.

That same day, CDC director Robert Redfield released a statement announcing his support of the ban.

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