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A man in his fifties has become the ninth person to die from smoking e-cigarettes in the US as a vaping epidemic sweeps the nation.
The latest victim, the second from Kansas, died from a mysterious lung illness linked to smoking the devices and was said to have 'underlying health problems'.
Woman - History - E-cigarette - Use - State
A woman over 50 with a history of e-cigarette use also died in the state earlier this month.
As of last Thursday, the number of people hospitalised due to vaping-related illnesses had soared to 530.
Vitamin - E - Acetate - Trigger - Disease
Vitamin E acetate is suspected as a possible trigger for the mysterious disease - but it's only been found in THC vapes, which some, but not all of the severely ill patients used.
This chemical may act like grease in the lungs, damaging the tiny sacs that fill with air.
Centers - Disease - Control - Food - Drug
The Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state health officials are still investigating how e-cigarettes may trigger the illnesses.
The CDC said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states in the US, up from 380 a week ago.
Meantime - Anyone - Illnesses - Vape - Cautioning
In the meantime they advise that anyone concerned about these illnesses not vape and cautioning against buying bootleg THC or CBD vape products off the street.
It is unclear what any of the people who have died were vaping. Illnesses are most common among men, who account for 72 percent of the confirmed cases.
Illnesses - Americans - Ages - People - Disease
Vaping-related illnesses have affected Americans of all ages, but are more common in younger people who are not usually prone to lung disease.
Young adults between 18 and 34 account for a worrying 67 percent of cases and 16 percent of the vaping illness victims are under 18.
Cases - Shortness - Breath - Chest - Pain
In most, if not, all, of these cases, what begins as shortness of breath and chest pain progresses to coughing,...
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