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TWELVE Americans have died of vape-related disease and 805 have serious lung damage, CDC says

Sheep-related diseases have claimed the lives of 12 Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

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The total number of confirmed or probable cases across the country creeps to 1,000 out of 805.

Deaths have occurred in 10 states, the last three of which have been confirmed today in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

The latest statistics come after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless has admitted that the agency must do & # 39; more & # 39; to stop the deaths and teenage addictions associated with vape in his testimony before congress Wednesday.

Sheep-related diseases led to the death of 12 Americans in 10 states, the CDC said Thursday. Another 805 are seriously ill after using e-cigarettes, most of which contain THC

Although the outbreak of these mysterious diseases began in the Midwest, the latest deaths have concentrated in the south.

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One death has been reported in every Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Oregon, Georgia, and Florida, and two people have died in California and Kansas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that it would reduce about 1,000 possible cases of serious pneumonia-like illness to the use of e-cigarettes, suggesting that the 805 reported Thursday could be the tip of the iceberg to be.

Sharplesss said FDA flavored e-cigs will not & # 39; be banned & nbsp; but will soon finalize rules to force companies to take these products off the market until they have gone ahead and are lit green by the pre-market approval process from the FDA.

He added that although most lung injuries are related to THC vapen, health officials have not identified any consistent cause between them.

CDC Deputy Director, Ann Schuchat, said Wednesday before the convention that there are probably & # 39; hundreds of cases & # 39; will be.

In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the FDA is trying to track down the vapors that have made people ill by their sources and intend to file charges against their makers – but not against users.

& # 39; The FDA does not undertake any actions related to personal use of evaporation products, our interest is with suppliers, & # 39; Sharpless said.

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& # 39; But for the sake of clarity, if we determine that someone produces or distributes illegal, counterfeit sheep products that caused disease and death for personal gain, we would consider that a criminal act. & # 39;

This week a major failure was made by the local police in Minnesota.

Police and health officials have seized there about 77,000 illegal vaping patterns that contain THC – the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – an estimated $ 3.8 million trait.

Commissioner Sharpless said the second point of the FDA's upcoming enforcement actions will be to try the so-called & # 39; teen vape epidemic & # 39; to stop.

According to the latest figures from the CDC, one in four high school students used e-cigarettes in the last month.

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The most popular flavors among underage users are fruity, mint, and menthol, and companies such as Juul Labs are facing investigations as to whether their sweetly flavored pigs were deliberately sold to children and teenagers.

A huge stock of nearly 77,000 illegal THC vapes in colorful packaging with the & # 39; Thank Vapes & # 39; (photo) was confiscated by law enforcement officials in Minnesota on Monday, as US health officials warned that bootleg e-cigs may be blamed for hundreds of lung diseases

A huge stock of nearly 77,000 illegal THC vapes in colorful packaging with the & # 39; Thank Vapes & # 39; (photo) was confiscated by law enforcement officials in Minnesota on Monday, as US health officials warned that bootleg e-cigs may be blamed for hundreds of lung diseases

A huge stock of nearly 77,000 illegal THC vapes in colorful packaging with the & # 39; Thank Vapes & # 39; (photo) was confiscated by law enforcement officials in Minnesota on Monday, as US health officials warned that bootleg e-cigs may be blamed for hundreds of lung diseases

Michigan and New York have temporarily banned flavored e-cigarettes and Massachusetts has stopped selling all e-cigarettes over the next four months. Illinois is currently drafting legislation for a flavored e-cigarette ban.

Sharpless was careful to make it clear that the FDA's upcoming enforcement actions, backed by President Trump, will not ban flavored e-cigarettes.

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& # 39; The FDA intends to enforce existing legislation that restricts the marketing of such products, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; This policy does not mean that flavored e-cigarettes can never be placed on the market.

& # 39; If a company can demonstrate through a request to the FDA that a specific product meets Congress standard, the FDA would allow that (e-cigarette) product to be purchased. & # 39;

But until then, the FDA expects e-cigarette companies to get their products off the shelves.

Sharpless said it is the & # 39; FDA & # 39; s intention to shortly complete a compliance policy on flavored (e-cigarettes) & # 39; but did indicate when & # 39; soon & # 39; could be.

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