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Tests show contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses

Tests show contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses

The Oregon Health Authority said Tuesday that a middle-aged individual died in July after suffering severe respiratory symptoms apparently linked to the use of e-cigarettes.

"While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the respiratory illnesses", according to an August 30 statement from the CDC.

At the end of August, Illinois health officials announced that a state resident had died of a severe respiratory illness after vaping, the first reported death in the USA linked to e-cigarettes.

Sharon Meieran, an emergency room physician who serves as a health commissioner in Multnomah County, Ore., said one pot of the e-cigarette product Juul is equivalent to 20 nicotine cigarettes, and is concerned by reports of high numbers of high school students engaged in vaping, the Oregonian reported.

A death in OR that may be linked to vaping would be the state's first fatality in what health officials described as a "national outbreak" of severe lung illnesses.

The death is the first in OR connected to electronic cigarettes.

At least two people who developed severe respiratory illnesses after vaping have died and there are at least 215 other cases of severe lung disease that may be tied to the activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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The federal department says there is no sign in Canada of an affliction reported in as many as 25 American states that seems to be linked to vaping, but it is monitoring the situation.

The state Health Department did not disclose any information about the Central New York case.

"We want the public to know that this is a real danger", Thomas said.

Jerome Adams, the US Surgeon General, also reiterated this point in a recent tweet confirming, "NO single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with these illness reports". One other confirmed person has died in connection to vaping.

Last month, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the first fatality.

Kafoury said she's lobbied for a state tax on e-cigarettes as well, adding that more needs to be done to combat "the myth" that e-cigarettes and vaping are safe.

Cannabis-containing products are not legally available in New York State for recreational use. Both agencies are working with state and local authorities to determine the names and types of products and devices used, as well as where they were purchased.