In the past few years, vaping has become a popular way for people to quit smoking. Vaping involves heating an oil mixture that is usually flavored and sometimes contains nicotine until it produces a vapor, which is then inhaled. More recently, this has also become a popular way to ingest cannabis. This is because cannabis oils can be concentrated to contain high amounts of THC or CBD, the primary compounds in marijuana. While cannabis oils sourced from a legal dispensary are typically safe, there is a black market for the oil, as well as regular vaping oil, which can be dangerous.
CNN reports that both Georgia and Florida have been added to states who have seen deaths due to vaping.
Two more people have died from vaping-related illnesses in the United States. This brings the total number of deaths to 11.
According to the Georgia Department of Public health, the person who died in Georgia had a history of vaping nicotine. He did not report a history of vaping THC. So far, Georgia has had nine cases of vaping-related illnesses.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health posted an updated case count to include one death.
Nationwide, there have been 530 cases of lung injury reported to the CDC. These illnesses are related to vaping. The specific cause of the illness remains unknown, but all cases have reported a history of vaping. Most patients reported using vaping products that contain THC. Many have reported using products that contain nicotine and THC.
The symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever. Health officials are urging those who vape to quit until a source of the outbreak is determined.