CDC: Vaping-Related Death Toll Increases To 12

The number of Americans dying because of vaping-related illnesses has climbed to 12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of cases has jumped nearly 300 from last week to more than 800. Officials say the latest two deaths were in California and Kansas.

As we’ve told you before, single deaths have also been reported in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oregon. The CDC says 72 percent of the lung injury cases are male and 16 percent of them are under the age of 18. What’s also concerning to health officials? The fact that those who quit vaping may return to smoking .

After all, a number of vapers have said they started vaping to quit smoking. For those folks, Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, has a message: "switching is not quitting" if you're still using nicotine. He adds, “The FDA has not found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit.”

Source: CDC

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