Hospitalizations & Deaths Associated With Vaping On The Rise

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who have died or were hospitalized because of lung injuries associated with vaping or the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise. All 50 states ( as well as D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have reported cases of hospitalization.  Up to date there were   2,561  hospitalizations. Louisiana had between 10 and 49 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. So far 55 deaths have been confirmed in 27 states and D.C.. Louisiana is among those states that reported deaths. The CDC says they  are currently investigating more deaths.

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What You Need To Know

The safest way to avoid injury or death is to not use e-cigarettes or vape at all. The CDC is still investigating which ingredients are actually causing the injuries.  They say vitamin E appears to be associated with the injuries, however, there are many different substances and product sources and there may be more than one cause. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive often in THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. When vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with normal lung functioning. The CDC says do not add vitamin E acetate to e-cigarettes and vaping products. Furthermore, to avoid lung injuries the FDA and CDC recommend not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. They especially warn of informal sources including friends, family or online sellers.

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