Two more Connecticut residents have been hospitalized for severe lung injuries that may be related to vaping, according to the state Department of Public Health, bringing the total number of cases to 13.
As of September 17, there have been 530 cases suspected tied to vaping reported nationwide, including seven deaths, and no one seems to know what the cause is, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
People affected are presenting as though they have a lung infection like bronchitis or pneumonia but it’s not made better by antibiotics. The exact cause of the illnesses is not clear.
Officials said 12 of the 13 Connecticut patients have been released from the hospital. Health officials have spoken to nine of the patients, and all nine reported using vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. Three of the nine also used products containing nicotine.
DPH is warning vaping users not to buy any products off the street, and not to modify or add any substances. They are also discouraging current smokers from using e-cigarettes or vaping products.
Children, young adults and pregnant women should not be using vaping products, DPH said.
New York and Michigan have banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid the investigation into the illnesses. Many believe the flavored products are targeting young people to use the products.
Federal health officials have not identified a single device or ingredient involved in the lung illnesses. President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products.