Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

8th person dies from vaping-related lung illness

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A Missouri man in his mid-40s became the 8th person in the U.S. to die from a lung-related illness linked to vaping on Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health and Senior Services.

What's happening: As of Sept. 19, the CDC reports there are 530 possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis products in 38 states and 1 territory. The number of cases has jumped 50% in 1 week. Deaths have also occurred in Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, California, Oregon and Illinois, per the Washington Post.

Vaping-related illnesses up nearly 50% since last week: CDC

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The number of possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis products has jumped by nearly 50% to 530 in 38 states and 1 territory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

Why it matters: There have been 8 confirmed deaths related to e-cigarette use, but no single product or substance has been definitively tied to the illnesses, the CDC said in its media briefing. This includes products purchased from unauthorized retailers. The CDC still advises that people should avoid using e-cigarettes.