KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The number of people in the United States who died from lung injuries linked to vaping and e-cigarettes has increased to 64.
The Huffington Post reported the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as saying that the fatalities were recorded in 28 states and the District of Columbia as of February 4.
The CDC reported a total of 2,758 hospitalisations from across all 50 states, and DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Emergency hospital visits for illnesses linked to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, however, have been dropping since peaking in September, according to the CDC.
Despite that, some researchers reportedly said they continued to see patients coming in with lung injuries after vaping.
The CDC said last November that vitamin E acetate — an ingredient found in some vaping products that have THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis — was “strongly linked” to the outbreak of lung injuries and deaths.