Related illnesses over 1,000 in U.S.
Public health officials are still at a loss to explain the cause of the severe lung illnesses, which have now reached 1,080 cases across 48 states and one USA territory so far, up from 805 cases last week.
A total of 21 serious vaping-related illnesses are now under investigation in Los Angeles County, along with one death, authorities said Thursday.
In Canada, a Quebec resident has been diagnosed as the country's first case of a severe vaping-related breathing illness. The patients' symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and fever, among others. E-cigarettes should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women or people who have not previously used tobacco products, according to CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intensified its warnings about the risks of vaping, as the number of patients with vaping-related illness continues to climb. The average age of those who died is almost 50.
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.
Despite the report, CDC officials say it is too soon to narrow their investigation to THC or a specific brand.
Most of the cases involved young men who said they had a history of using liquids that contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient that gives marijuana its high.
People who switched to vaping to cut down on smoking cigarettes should not go back to cigarettes, Canadian and US health officials said.
What's more, it doesn't look like the outbreak has "peaked" or is in any way slowing down, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC during a press conference today (Oct. 3). Two-thirds said they had used the same brand.
Most of the recommendations, including banning the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, will require legislation, he said.
In the United States each year, 480,000 people die from illnesses caused by cigarettes, accounting for about one-fifth of all deaths nationwide, according to the CDC.
"But I try to get them to set a quit date with the e-cigarettes as well", she said.