CDC warns about e-cigarette use after rise in vaping-related deaths

After the number of vaping-related illnesses jumped to at least 450 cases in 33 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people Friday about using e-cigarettes, especially those bought off the street.

The CDC is currently investigating the spate of vaping-related illnesses that have popped up across the country in recent weeks.

“While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products. People who do use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms,” the CDC wrote in a news release.

The announcement comes on the same day that Indiana, Minnesota and California also confirmed deaths from vaping-related respiratory illnesses, bringing the national toll to five, after two such deaths in Illinois and in Oregon.

The person who died in Indiana was an adult, but officials gave no other details, citing privacy laws. There’s also no indication of what the person may have been vaping.

“The tragic loss of a Hoosier and rising number of vaping-related injuries are warnings that we cannot ignore,” Dr. Kris Box, Indiana’s health commissioner, said in a statement.

Neither federal nor state health investigators have been able to pinpoint a brand, ingredient or substance behind the illnesses, but many suspect oils in vapes may play a role.

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