The number of reported cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the United States (US) has breached the 2,000 mark.
Last week, authorities in the US confirmed that as of 5 November 2019, 2,051 cases of EVALI had been reported from 49 states, the District of Columbia and one US territory. Thirty-nine deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say they still have not identified the cause or causes of lung injury in these cases, and the only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Authorities in the US are continuing to urge people to refrain from use of such products.
It comes as researchers warned last week that there is growing evidence that electronic cigarettes also have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. In a paper published in Cardiovascular Research, they said “current findings support that e-cigarettes are not a harm-free alternative to tobacco smoke,” adding “great caution and hesitation should remain concerning e-cigarette use until its health risk profile is better established."