More than 2,000 people have been sickened by vaping-related illnesses across the country, and at least 40 people have reportedly died.
As of Thursday, cases of vaping-related illnesses have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands, according to the CDC. Alaska remains the only state that has not reported a vaping-related illness.
The CDC said 39 people have died from vaping-related illnesses nationwide as of Nov. 5. The agency’s count does not yet include a death reported in Massachusetts Wednesday — the third person to die from a vaping-related illness in the state.
According to the agency, the people who have died ranged in age from 17 to 75, with a median age of 53.
In data released Oct. 17, the CDC revealed that most patients sickened have been young, with 79 percent of patients under the age of 35.
About a third of patients — 31 percent — reported using vaporizers with THC only, without any use of nicotine vapes. A smaller percentage — 10 percent — said they used nicotine vapes only.
Federal health officials say they haven’t yet found a cause but have more than 100 people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working on the investigation.
States across the country are setting varying policies on vaping products. Some states, such as Rhode Island, New York, and Michigan, have banned the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Charlie Baker in Massachusetts has issued the strongest mandate of any state so far, banning the sale of all vaping products, including legal, regulated marijuana vaporizers.
Here’s where people have reportedly died from vaping-related illnesses across the country:
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