U.S. health authorities announced Thursday an increase in the number of people affected by vaporization-related lung disease.
The death toll continues to rise. U.S. health authorities announced Thursday an increase in the number of people affected by lung diseases related to electronic cigarettes, which are the cause of a recent epidemic in the United States.
According to the last update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, 12 people died in 10 U.S. states. Authorities also report 805 confirmed or probable cases of patients with lung problems related to electronic cigarette use in 46 states and one U.S. territory.
While federal health authorities ensure that all affected people have used e-cigarettes, they have not yet been able to determine the causes of these lung problems. Their investigations did not identify any brands or products.
Vaping is totally prohibited in the State of Massachusetts
However, initial observations in some states indicate that most of the refills involved contained THC, the psychoactive principle of cannabis. These refills are mostly purchased from street or internet dealers, since cannabis remains illegal in part of the United States.
These deaths have already shaken up the emerging electronic cigarette industry. Juul, the undisputed market leader, changed bosses on Wednesday and decided to keep a low profile in an attempt to secure his future. The day before, the State of Massachusetts went the furthest among the federated states by announcing a total ban on the sale of spray products for four months.