"We need to hit the pause button until we know what these products are doing to people's lungs", said Millett, who added that the most effective response would be from the federal government rather than from the states. All identified cases have been in individuals between 18 and 34 years of age.
All the cases are linked to a history of vaping, but the investigation into the illness has not yet solved the mystery of what specific vaping products are fueling the outbreak.
The CDC is investigating more than 805 lung injury cases in 46 states and 1 USA territory.
NY state, MI and Rhode Island have all banned the sale of flavored vaping products. The patients' symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and fever, among others. Rattay said it's unsafe to vape at all right now. The cases in ME were reported between the second week of August and the end of September and involve patients who exhibited symptoms similar to those identified in other states, according to the CDC. Many reports involved both THC- and nicotine-based e-cigarettes, but some individuals with the illness used only nicotine-based e-cigarettes.
States that have reported deaths - California (2), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Nebraska, New Jersey and Virginia.
Cases have been reported in 48 states and the US Virgin Islands.
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Due to extensive media coverage on vaping, the Tripod conducted an unscientific study of Trinity students on their own e-cigarette use.
The CDC can't yet isolate any specific vaping product or brand.
There have been 19 deaths confirmed from 16 states: two in California, two in Kansas, two in OR, and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and Virginia. Recently, 200 or additional cases have been claimed every single week.
Officials say the lung problems do not appear to be caused by an infection but are likely the result of vaping itself or of inhaling a chemical while vaping.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., has called for a moratorium on sales of all vaping products until more information is learned.
Numerous reports involve severe, life-threatening illnesses in previously healthy people.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a criminal investigation, and is working alongside the CDC, as well as with local and state health officials. E-cigarettes should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women or people who have not previously used tobacco products, according to CDC. Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks.