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US Vaping Illnesses Rise to 1,888 With Pace Picking Up Again

Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana

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    US Vaping Illnesses Rise to 1,888 With Pace Picking Up Again
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    This Oct. 2, 2018, file photo shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington.

    The number of U.S. vaping illnesses has jumped again, reaching more than 1,800 cases.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,888 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 49 states. An Illinois report brings the toll to 38 deaths in 24 states.

    The total is 284 higher than what the government reported last week and a larger increase than seen in several weeks. Officials say the previous slowdown could have been caused by reporting delays.

    The outbreak appears to have started in March. No single ingredient, electronic cigarette or vaping device has been linked to all the illnesses. Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana.

    Family Says Vaping Killed Their 28-Year-Old Son

    [NATL] Family Says Vaping Killed Their 28-Year-Old Son
    An Orlando family is grieving the loss of their 28-year-old son, who died last week. They said he died as a result of vaping. Kyle Boyd's mother, Kimberly, said he was fine last Monday after he came home from hanging out with a group of friends. She said the next morning she could not wake him up.
     
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019)

    Health officials urge people to avoid vaping, particularly products containing THC and purchased off the street.