The CDC issued a new title for the vaping-related lung illness that has sickened greater than 1,000 individuals and killed a minimum of 26.
On Oct. 11, In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued, the CDC knew as the lung illnesses EVALI, which stands for “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury.”
The CDC, in the same report, mentioned that as of Oct. 8, 49 states had reported a total of 1,299 cases of EVALI to the federal agency. At least 26 individuals have died in 21 states.
Texas, on Friday, announced its first vaping-related death, mirroring related news out of New York and Utah last week. Texas’ Department of State Health Services did not release further details about the victim in a news release; however, the Associated Press reported that the death concerned an older woman in north Texas.
Officials with the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have yet to pinpoint any one product or ingredient liable for the illnesses. However, with more than 80 % of cases involving THC products, officials are increasingly focusing on thickeners and additives present in black market THC cartridges.