The number of cases of vaping-related lung diseases reported in the United States (US) has surpassed the 1,000 mark, with authorities warning this "may be the tip of the iceberg.”
According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1,080 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping, were reported by 48 states and the US Virgin Islands by October 1. The figure represents an increase of 275 cases since last week and includes new patients becoming ill in the past fortnight and recent reporting of previously identified patients.
A total of 18 related deaths have now been confirmed in 15 states among people aged between 27 and 71 years. The median age of patients who have died was 50 years.
The CDC said that among 578 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette, or vaping, products in the 90 days prior to symptom onset, about 78 per cent reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products, with or without nicotine-containing products, while 17 per cent reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.
Around 80 per cent of the affected patients are aged under 35 years, but cases have been identified in patients aged from 13 to 75 years.