Feds: Best to stop vaping - especial marijuana - as lung disease deaths rise to 5

September 6, 2019, Politico, Sarah Owermohle and Brianna Ehley - Federal officials on Friday advised people to stop using e-cigarettes, in particular those containing the marijuana component THC, until scientists gain better understanding of the epidemic of serious vaping-related lung disease that has sickened as many as 450 people and killed five people across 33 states. The latest deaths were reported Friday by health departments in Indiana, California and Minnesota, following deaths in Illinois and Oregon. Officials say a large number of cases involve marijuana products, but caution against drawing any conclusions and say there may be multiple causes. No device, product or substance has been linked to all cases, Dana Meaney-Delman, who heads the CDC’s response to the epidemic, told reporters on an afternoon call. “While this investigation is ongoing people should consider not using e-cigarette products,” she said, adding that people should avoid buying products off the streets or modifying them in any way.

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