Recent news

• Massachusetts announced its fourth vaping-related death, bringing the total to 57 deaths in 27 states.

• A Trump administration decision on an e-cigarette flavor ban could come this week.

Cases and Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state agencies have reported 2,602 lung injury cases that required hospitalization and 57 deaths linked to vaping.






Cases of lung illness

Virgin

Islands

Cases of vaping-related lung illness

Virgin

Islands

Cases of vaping-related lung illness

Virgin

Islands

Cases of vaping-related lung illness

Virgin

Islands


Vaping-related emergency room visits peaked in September and mostly involved younger people, especially young men and boys.






Peak on Sept. 8

500 visits per

million visits

Patients aged 10–19

Number of emergency room visits

linked to vaping or e-cigarettes

Aged 20–29

Patients aged 70–79

500

visits per

million

visits

Patients aged 10–19

Number of E.R. visits

linked to vaping or

e-cigarettes

Aged 20–29

Patients aged 70–79

By The New York Times | Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Vaping Regulations

Several states and cities have announced or enacted vaping bans in response to the recent illnesses and deaths.






Pine

Ridge

The Trump

administration

County and City of Los Angeles

San Diego County

Considering or working on a ban

Announced or enacted ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Announced or enacted ban on all e-cigarettes

Four-month ban on all vaping products

Pine Ridge

Reservation

San Francisco

The Trump

administration

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

San Diego County

Considering or working on a ban

Announced or enacted ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Announced or enacted ban on all e-cigarettes

Four-month ban on all vaping products

Pine Ridge

Reservation

San Francisco

The Trump

administration

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

San Diego County

Considering or working on a ban

Announced or enacted ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Announced or enacted ban on all e-cigarettes

Four-month ban on all vaping products

The Trump administration says it is planning a national ban on most flavored e-cigarettes.

Massachusetts declared a public health emergency and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products.

New York’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes has been delayed by a state court.

Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and Utah restricted their sale to adult-only tobacco shops.

Oregon imposed a 180-day ban, Rhode Island imposed a four-month ban and Washington imposed a 120-day ban on flavored vaping products. Montana’s 120-day ban will begin Oct. 22.

San Francisco banned all e-cigarettes but a measure that would overturn the ban is on the November ballot.

The Oglala Sioux banned vaping on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Illinois is considering banning flavored e-cigarettes, and Chicago and Los Angeles are considering bans on all vaping devices.

Lung Damage

Patients with vaping-related lung injuries typically show up in emergency rooms with shortness of breath after several days of symptoms that resemble flu or pneumonia.

Below, a CT scan of a patient in Utah whose lungs were injured from vaping.






Cloudy areas in the patient’s lungs show unusual pneumonias, fluid or inflammation.

Back muscles

Cloudy areas in the patient’s lungs show unusual pneumonias, fluid or inflammation.

Back muscles

Back muscles

Cloudy areas in the patient’s lungs show unusual pneumonias, fluid or inflammation.

Back muscles

Cloudy areas in the patient’s lungs show unusual pneumonias, fluid or inflammation.

Back muscles

Cloudy areas in the patient’s lungs show unusual pneumonias, fluid or inflammation.

By The New York Times | Source: Intermountain Healthcare

Patient Demographics

Seventy percent of those who became ill were male:


Two-thirds were between ages 18 and 34:


35 and older


What They Vaped

No single substance has been shown to cause the illness, but several marijuana products have been identified as possible causes.






Percentage of lung injury patients who reported vaping each substance.

THC products

Nicotine products

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Synthetic cannabinoids

Flavored e-liquids

55% Unknown

Percentage of lung injury patients who

reported vaping each substance.

THC products

Nicotine products

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Synthetic

cannabinoids

Flavored e-liquids

55% Unknown

Percentage of lung injury patients who

reported vaping each substance.

THC products

Nicotine products

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Synthetic

cannabinoids

Flavored e-liquids

55% Unknown

Common Brands

A study of 86 lung-injury patients in Wisconsin and Illinois found that 87 percent reported using vaping products that contained THC.

“Dank Vapes” was the most commonly reported brand name, but that brand is one of many illicit labels that sellers can find online and slap on products.






Products containing THC

Nicotine products

Dank Vapes

Suorin Drop

Moon Rocks

Chronic Carts

Smart Carts

Air Factory

Mario Carts

Number of patients

reporting use

Calif. Confidential

Cereal Carts

Number of patients reporting use

Products containing THC

BRAND NAME

Dank Vapes

Moon Rocks

Chronic Carts

Smart Carts

Mario Carts

Calif. Confidential

Cereal Carts

Number of patients reporting use

Nicotine products

BRAND NAME

Suorin Drop

Air Factory

Number of patients reporting use

Vaping Use Among Teens

Teen vaping rates rose sharply this year, and a quarter of 12th grade students say they have used nicotine vaping products in the last month. More than 120 lung injury patients have been under 18.


10th grade

12th grade


Source: New England Journal of Medicine

For more, see What You Need to Know About Vaping-Related Lung Illness