This is a smaller number of diseases than the agency had previously stated because it has updated the way it reports cases of lung diseases associated with the use of electronic cigarettes. It is now reporting confirmed and probable cases rather than possible cases or cases under investigation.
Last week, the CDC reported that there are over 450 possible cases of vaping-related lung disease in 33 states and the US Virgin Islands.
There are hundreds of cases under investigation across the country, according to a CNN analysis of figures reported by state health departments this week.
The states and territories with confirmed cases are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Dakota North, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and US Virgin Islands.
The specific cause of these diseases remains unknown. CDC’s ongoing disease investigation has not yet identified any specific products or substances related to all cases, according to the agency. “Until we know more, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, CDC recommends that you consider not using an electronic cigarette or vaping products,” according to Updated CDC Website.
“If you are an adult who has used nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes to stop smoking, do not smoke again,” recommends the CDC. “If you have recently used a vaping or electronic cigarette product and have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, consult a doctor.”
New actions to regulate electronic cigarettes
This update on the way cases are being reported occurs only a few days after the Trump administration announced an effort crackdown on youth vaping by planning to remove all flavored electronic cigarettes – other than tobacco flavored vapes – from the market. The government “is making it clear that we intend to clean up the flavored e-cigarette market to reverse the deeply worrying epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is affecting children, families, schools, and communities,” Alex, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar said in a press release on Wednesday.
“We will not remain idle as these products become a ramp for combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of young people.”
As part of this plan, The US Food and Drug Administration intends to finalize a policy in the coming weeks, which would prioritize the agency’s application of certain requirements for tobacco-flavored electronic cigarettes, including mint and menthol, in an effort to clean up the unauthorized market.
“The FDA plans to share more specific details of the plan and its implementation soon,” according to the announcement.
Leading e-cigarette maker Juul has argued that its products are designed to convert adult smokers into what they have described in the past as a less harmful alternative. In other communications, the company has stated that it cannot make claims that its products are safer under FDA regulations.
“We strongly agree with the need for aggressive category-wide action on flavored products. We will fully comply with the FDA’s final policy when effective,” Tul Kwong, a spokesman for Juul Labs, said after the Trump government announcement.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced that the state could be the first to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes. The ban gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months – although the governor may decide to renew it. This includes sales in physical stores and online. In July, San Francisco Mayor London Breed signed a law that effectively sale of electronic cigarettes prohibited in the city – the first of its kind in the United States. On behalf of nearly 3,000 local health departments across the country, the National Association of Municipal and Municipal Health Officials On Friday, it urged the FDA to take “quick action” and regulate the e-cigarette market. “Data continues to show what local health authorities have seen in the field in many communities – vaping is reversing our gains by addressing youth tobacco. Using and not giving up,” Lori Tremmel Freeman, NACCHO CEO, said a written statement.
“A recent NACCHO survey of local rural health departments notes that 93% of respondents view electronic cigarettes as a public health threat in their community. However, our survey also notes that there are real barriers to ensuring that cessation and prevention activities are available in all communities, “he said. “We urge the government to work swiftly to take this and other measures to address the vaping youth crisis and to support local communities in combating tobacco use in general.”
As the CDC and FDA have recently warned about safety issues tied to vaping our friends at Calculators.Org worked with Google Surveys to better understand consumer perceptions of the safety of vaping.
Here are some of the key ideas that really stood out from their research:
– women tend to view vaping as riskier than men
– younger people tend to view vaping as less risky than older generations
– over 60% of Americans were uncertain how safe vaping was, compared to smoking, or thought they were roughly the same
They shared the survey results and created an infographic about recent vaping news published at https://www.calculators.org/