Since Tuesday, there have been 215 reported cases from 25 states of severe respiratory disease possibly associated with e-cigarette use, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration said Friday. This comes after an Illinois patient died last week after being hospitalized with a lung-related illness after vaping. “We are working closely with state and local health officials to investigate these incidents as quickly as possible, and we are committed to taking appropriate actions as a clearer picture of the facts emerges,” the CDC and FDA said in a joint statement. There does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, though THC and cannabinoid use has been reported in many cases, the agencies said. The agencies also warned people not to buy e-cigarette products off the street, and said consumers should not modify or add any substances to e-cigarette products. E-cigarette users should monitor themselves for symptoms — such as cough, shortness of breath and chest pain — and seek medical attention if they have any concerns about their health, the agencies said.
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