- At least 33 people have died from vaping-related lung injuries. The youngest person to die so far was 17 years old, and the oldest was 75.
- 1,479 other “confirmed and probable” cases of vaping-related lung problems have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) across 49 US states, plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
- Most of the lung injuries are happening to vapers who inhale THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high. But some injured patients say they only ever vaped nicotine, and it’s still not clear what substance, or cocktail of substances, is causing the lung problems.
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Something mysterious and deadly is happening inside the lungs of vapers across the country.
At least 33 people have died, and 1,479 others have come down with potentially life-threatening lung injuries, after they vaped.
The cause of these vaping-related injuries and deaths are still puzzling investigators. The lung issues are killing young and old vapers alike, and they’re spread out around the country, suggesting there may be no single source of a dangerous substance, or substances, that are making vapers sick.
The average age of deadly vaping cases across the US is 44 years old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday. Vaping has killed people as old as 75, and as young as 17.
“You are playing with your life when you play with this stuff,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last Tuesday, announcing the death of a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx, the first death in that state, and the youngest deadly case reported in the US so far.
A 30-something was also recently killed in Connecticut, a woman in her 60s died in Massachusetts, and in Utah, someone “under the age of 30 … died at home without being hospitalized,” the Utah Department of Health reported last Wednesday.
Here’s where all 33 reported deaths have been documented: