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Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 11:29 AM
— With a growing number of examples of people getting sick from vaping and e-cigarette use, a top official of the Centers for Disease Control told Congress on Tuesday that government researchers have not been able to nail down exactly why people were getting sick - or even dying.
"We are seeing more and more cases each day," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, as she told a House panel that some people became sick after using nicotine, some by adding THC, or any other common item.
"We don't yet know yet if there is a new, particularly risky product out there, or a substance that's in the products," the CDC official said.
"What do we not know? Probably the most important thing, we don't know the cause," CDC's Anne Schuchat says about vaping-related illnesses in testimony to House subcommittee.— Angelica LaVito (@angelicalavito) September 24, 2019
@CongressmanRaja notes almost 20% of victims use nicotine-only e-cigs in Illinois— Nathaniel Weixel (@NateWeixel) September 24, 2019
"there may be people out there who only want this to be a THC problem so they can go back to vaping nicotine e-cigarettes." CDC says all are problematic
The CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat says at House hearing the number of confirmed cases of vaping-related illnesses "will be much higher" when released Thursday. At least 8 people have died.— USA TODAY Health (@USATODAYhealth) September 24, 2019
"We are quite concerned about the rise in nicotine-containing e-cigarette use," Schuchat said, warning that children should not be vaping, as more bad medical news continues to roll in.
"I expect the next weekly numbers will be much higher," the CDC leader said about the matter, specifically referring to the vaping cases as a 'lung injury' - unlike longer term damage seen from regular smoking.
Schuchat said the short-term outlook was not good, saying the data is 'concerning.'