A third fatal accident in vapors has been confirmed in Massachusetts, bringing the death toll in the US to mysterious lung diseases associated with e-cigarettes at 40.
The unknown victim, a man in his fifties and living in Worcester County, evaporated both nicotine and THC products, according to a release from the state health ministry on Wednesday.
Heathland state officials say they have received more than 220 suspected cases of vape-associated lung injury since September, when Massachusetts began to demand that these cases be reported.
From Wednesday, 21 cases have been confirmed and 47 were probably considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It comes when the CDC has released new figures on Thursday showing that there are now 2,051 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vape
Massachusetts health officials confirmed the state's third fatality after vape after an unidentified man died in his & # 39; 50 of vaping both nicotine and THC products, bringing the national death toll to 40 people in 24 states (red)
Most victims are male and younger than 35, with ages of those who died ranging from 17 to 75, according to the report.
The CDC has confirmed only 39 deaths, with three confirmed each in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota and two deaths each in Kansas, Massachusetts, Oregon and Tennessee.
In the meantime, every death has been confirmed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington, DC.
However, Massachusetts had reported the first two deaths last month – a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County and a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County – making the man's death the third in the state.
& # 39; My condolences go to the family of this patient who died of a sheep-associated lung injury, & # 39; said Dr. Monica Bharel, the health commissioner in Massachusetts, in a statement.
& # 39; This disease is serious and potentially fatal and we will continue to investigate the cause. & # 39;
According to the CDC, about 86 percent of people who have become ill reported vape THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana.
For comparison: only 11 percent reported exclusive use of products containing nicotine.
Most diseases are the result of people taking a combination of THC and nicotine, health officials say.
They add that teenagers and young people make up the majority of the diseases, because flavored e-cigarettes were marketed.
Under pressure, e-cigarette company JUUL announced last week that it will nowhere sell any more flavored pods such as creme brulee, cucumber, mango, mint and fruit.
Meanwhile, New York, Michigan, Montana, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington have introduced temporary bans for flavored e-cigarette products.
Massachusetts surpassed all of them when Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency and issued a ban on all vapor products, flavored or not.
On Tuesday, however, a Supreme Court judge ruled that the ban should be lifted next week for users of medical marijuana.
Moreover, the so-called Baker ban is challenged in court by vape store owners who say that the ban will cost their company millions of dollars.
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