Utah’s vaping-related lung illnesses up to 47, most from THC

File - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say the state’s tally of lung damage cases linked to vaping has increased to 47.

The state Department of Health announced the new total Monday, an increase from the 42 cases reported a week earlier. The agency says 22 more potential cases are being investigated.

The department says 90% of the people who got sick reported vaping THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana.

Symptoms of the disease include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Nearly all the people have had to get medical care.

U.S. health officials said last week that more than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses. The cause remains unknown, though most patients reported vaping THC.

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1 Comment

  • Brandon September 24, 2019 at 10:37 am Reply

    Obviously you guys dont stay on top of things. CDC already debunked this. Home made juice and thc carts from the weed man are to blame.

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