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The U.S. Center for Disease Control is investigating a potential outbreak of lung disease in connection with the use of e-cigarette products.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control is investigating a potential outbreak of lung disease in connection with the use of e-cigarette products. More than 200 cases of severe lung disease sustained in connection with vaping have been reported by more than 20 states, with symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain and more. At least one death has been reported so far. The State of Wisconsin's Department of Public Health Services noted that 8 cases of severe pulmonary disease in adolescent e-cigarette users were reported to it in July 2019 alone, with CT scans showing evidence of diffuse lung damage. The Connecticut Department of Public Health is also investigating several cases of claimed lung damage from e-cigarette use. This comes as several plaintiffs' firms (including New York-based Weitz & Luxenberg) advertise they are taking e-cigarette cases in which plaintiffs claim lung disease such as bronchiolitis obliterans (which has been associated with exposure to the chemical diacetyl, an ingredient in many e-cigarette products). Please follow the link below for copies of press releases on the issue from the CDC and the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Health Services.