As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 47 vaping-related deaths in 25 states, although that count does not include the second MI death.
A second Michigan patient has died from a vaping-related lung injury, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The department has not released the name of the individual or specific information relating to their death. "We are urging people to refrain from vaping until the specific cause of the vaping-related severe lung injuries being reported nationwide has been identified".
MI has reported 56 confirmed and probable lung injuries in patients age 15 to 67 caused by vaping since August.
There have been 47 deaths in 25 states, not including the second MI death. The CDC says the samples were gathered from 10 different states with almost all of the patients reporting they'd vaping THC.
What's more, among the 12 patients who submitted the samples, 11 used products that were found to contain vitamin E acetate.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is warnign that people who do not now use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette or vaping products.
So far, there has been no strong evidence linking the lung injuries to nicotine vaping. Sales of THC vaping products have been on hold while marijuana testing labs determine how to detect the chemical. The American Medical Association has called for aban on all vaping and e-cigarette productsthat are not deemed tobacco cessation products. No vaping or e-cigarette products now on the market are considered tobacco cessation products.
Although e-cigarettes in the USA are regulated as tobacco products rather than smoking cessation tools, Juul - the biggest maker of these devices - has marketed its product as a way for smokers to quit tobacco, with its website saying that its products are a ' satisfying alternative to cigarettes. Free help is available for individuals who are ready to kick the tobacco habit at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).