KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — The number of lung injury cases associated with e-cigarettes has surpassed 2,500 nationwide in the United States, with 54 deaths.
CNN reported the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) as saying that 2,506 hospitalisations for lung injury linked to vaping were in the US as of December 17.
According to the CDC, the median age of patients who died was 52 years, ranging from 17 to 75.
The CDC and US Food and Drug Administration recommended against the use of e-cigarette products that contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
A survey by the US’ National Institute on Drug Abuse released last Wednesday, however, found that vaping marijuana has increased among teens the past year, reported at 20.8 per cent of 12th graders, 19.4 per cent of 10th graders, and 7 per cent of eighth graders.