WASHINGTON (PM) — Federal officials stated Thursday that at least 530 people in 38 states have become sickened by a perplexing vaping-related lung illness, part of a developing national outbreak.
In a warning of the seriousness of the e-cigarette investigation, officials revealed that the enforcement arm of the Food and Drug Administration has been leading a probe in parallel with the public health investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials stated they still do not know the cause of the lung injuries. There have been seven confirmed deaths.
All related cases had a history of e-cigarette or vaping use, officials have stated. Most people reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC, some stated they used both nicotine and THC and some reported using only nicotine products. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that gives the high.
FDA officials stated investigators from its Office of Criminal Investigations have been continuing an investigation since shortly after the illnesses were first reported this summer. That office handles criminal investigations of illegal activities involving FDA-regulated products.