USA vaping illness deaths rise to 18 with 1,000 cases reported

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"We are anxious that there's plenty of risky products still out there". "Given the continued occurrence of life threatening new cases CDC recommends that people refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products particularly those containing THC", she said.

Among a group of 578 patients interviewed on substances they had used, 78 percent reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with or without nicotine products; 37 percent reported exclusive use of THC products, and 17 percent said they had only used nicotine-containing products.

It previously had said there were 12 confirmed deaths from 10 states, and some 805 cases reported from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It had to launch a wide-ranging investigation after the vaping-related illnesses initially claimed four lives in the U.S.

DE announced the state's first vaping-related death on Thursday.

Vaping-related injuries have been confirmed in 48 states, with deaths in 15 of those.

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Gov. Lamont's office said the governor is working with officials from several state agencies that have cognizance over these issues - including the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - to ensure that all state laws regarding e-cigarettes and vaping are being strictly enforced.

The FDA said there now does not appear to be one product or substance involved in all of the cases.

THC is a crystalline compound which is the main active ingredient of cannabis. Only Alaska and New Hampshire have yet to report cases.

As part of the investigation, health officials have been zeroing in on potential clues - including the prevalence of THC-containing products, in particular.

In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a number of actions to crack down on the e-cigarette market, which has been selling and marketing to teens illegally. "Dank Vapes was the only e-cigarette product reported by one of the patients", according to the report from the two states. "I think it's premature for us to rule out other concerning products".

E-cigarettes have been available in the United States since 2006 and it is not clear whether the outbreak is only happening now or if there were cases earlier that were wrongly diagnosed. "These are really serious injuries in the lung and we don't know how well people will recover from them, whether lung damage may be permanent".

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