A patient was killed by vaping, in the U.S.

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Officials did not provide further details about the person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that 193 people in 22 states had contracted severe respiratory illnesses after vaping. The symptoms e-cigarette users have experienced included coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue, according to health officials. Reports of the number of people hospitalized for vaping-related lung illnesses has doubled in the past week, Illinois officials said.

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Doctors said the illnesses resembled an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance. The American Vaping Association, an advocacy group, issued a statement arguing that “tainted, black market THC products” were to blame. However “investigators haven’t identified any specific product or compound that is linked to all of the cases.” E-cigarettes have grown in popularity over the past decade despite little research on their long-term effects. A report issued by the CDC claims e-cigarette usage went up by 1.7 million between 2017 and 2018.

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