The number of vaping-related lung injuries in the US has risen to 2,290 this week, with 47 deaths recorded, federal officials announced.
That figure, recorded on Wednesday, is up by 118 injuries from last week, when 2,172 cases were reported, according to the CDC.
Those injuries have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Alaska is the only state without any vaping-related injuries, the agency reported.
Forty-seven deaths have been reported as a result of e-cigarette use in 25 states and D.C. as of Wednesday, officials said.
That’s an increase of five from last week, when 42 deaths were confirmed in 24 states.
Officials this week announced that a second New Yorker has died of a vaping-related injury.
The man — who was in his 30s and had a “history of using e-cigarettes and vape products” — died on Nov. 9 in Manhattan at Bellevue Hospital, according to source and Gov. Anderw Cuomo.
Early on, New York officials were the first to name vitamin E acetate as the compound likely behind the mystery illnesses, saying in early September the substance was found in “nearly every” marijuana vape product they tested.
Federal health officials backed that finding this month, labeling the substance a “chemical of concern” after finding it in lung fluid samples from 29 patients diagnosed with EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury.
President Trump will hold a meeting Friday to discuss the rise in e-cigarette use among youth and how the products should be regulated, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN in a statement.
“Participants will include a diverse group of advocacy, industry, non-profits, medical associations, and State officials,” Deere wrote. “As the President has said, there is a serious problem among our youth and their growing addiction to e-cigarettes. The policy making process is not stalled — it continues to move forward. This meeting will allow the President and other Administration officials an opportunity to hear from a large group, representing all sides as we continue to develop responsible guidelines that protect the public health and the American people.”
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