A patient in the US has died after developing a severe respiratory disease due to his vaping habit. The death is the first recorded incidence related to vaping in the US, according to health officials.
According to Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist in Illonois, the patient was “hospitalized with unexplained illness after reported vaping or e-cigarette use”.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that there are 193 “potential cases” across 22 US states of related vape diseases.
“We are saddened to hear of the first death related to the outbreak of severe lung disease in those who use e-cigarette or ‘vaping’ devices”, said CDC director Robert Redfield.
Nearly 200 cases have been reported over the course of two months, between 28 June and 20 August this year.
The cause of the epidemic has not yet been concretely identified, but all cases involve vaping in some form.
According to CDC director for non-infectious diseases, Dr. Ileana Arias, the symptoms of the disease are coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some patients also reported vomiting and diarrhea. There is no evidence that the disease is infectious. All patients presenting symptoms of the lung disease admitted to recently using vapes for THC-containing products.
Patients ranged from 17 to 38 years old. It is still not clear what the exact link is between vaping and the disease, or whether all the cases have a common cause or are simply different diseases with similar presentations.