A person in Illinois has died after being hospitalized for severe respiratory illness thought to be tied to e-cigarette use, New Atlas reports. This is the first death in the United States possibly linked to e-cigarette use, and comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported nearly 200 vaping-related cases of severe lung illness.
Officials from the Illinois Department of Health confirmed that an adult died from lung injuries possibly caused by e-cigarette use, though no other information about the person has been released at this time.
At least 22 people between the ages of 17 and 38 have been hospitalized in Illinois with severe respiratory illness. Almost 200 teens and adults across the country have now been hospitalized for severe lung injuries over the last few months. The CDC, as well as state and local health departments, are investigating the cases.
The only thing in common between the cases has been the person’s use of e-cigarettes. No particular e-cigarette product has been identified, though some patients have reported using THC-containing products.
In a statement released by the CDC on Aug. 23, agency director Robert Redfield said they are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state and local health departments to learn the cause of the “ongoing outbreak.”
“Vaping exposes users to many different substances for which we have little information about related harms – including flavorings, nicotine, cannabinoids, and solvents,” said Redfield. “E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.”
E-cigarette users who developed severe health problems are now filing lawsuits against Juul Labs, the maker of Juul vape pens, and other e-cigarette manufacturers including Blu, NJOY, Vuse, Joyetech, and Apollo.
If you used e-cigarettes and developed lung issues or other health complications, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call 1-800-631-5656 to speak with a member of our legal team today, or use the form on the right-hand side of your screen.