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More severe vaping-related illness cases confirmed in Oregon

December 3, 2019 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed three more Oregon cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping, bringing the statewide total to 20 cases with two resulting in death.

KATU-TV reported Tuesday that some of those who were hospitalized vaped cannabis or nicotine only, while others used a combination of both.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a preliminary finding that implicates a vitamin E additive as the potential cause of lung injury from THC vaping. Officials say vitamin E acetate has recently been used as a thickener in illicit vaping products that contain THC.

The Oregon Health Authority says two of the Oregon patients with lung injuries were under 18 years old, three were between 18 and 24 and the rest were 25 and older.

Cases have been confirmed in Coos, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Multnomah, Wasco and Washington counties.

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Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/