Transcript for New death reported amid vaping emergency
Now to startling new developments in the vaping emergency. Another death reported. This time in Missouri and the CDC now confirming there have been more than 500 cases of lung injuries associated with vaping. The fda is now launching a criminal investigation. Linsey Davis is here with the details. Good morning, linsey. Good morning. Yes, as you said this morning Missouri officials are reporting the first recorded vaping-related death in the state bringing the nationwide death toll to 8. The victim, a man in his 40s who had a history of vaping but normal lung function prior to starting vaping in may of 2019. Now, the CDC reports the number of cases involving vaping-related illness has spiked. 530 people in 38 states and one territory have experienced lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products. A surge of 150 cases in just the past week. Now the fda is revealing that it's pursuing a criminal investigation into these vaping-related illnesses. Seems like every day we're hearing that. Health officials say most of the patients are young and male. That's right, three-fourths of them under the age of 25. In the cases where they have the complete data the majority of the patients are young adults who had a history of e-cigarette or vaping use. The majority of them male. The CDC has yet to find one particular ingredient associated with these but insist that users not add anything to their cartridges and avoid the black market as well. A lot of unknowns out there still. Thank you so much.
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