The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday updated the number of people with confirmed or probable lung injuries associated with electronic cigarette use or vaping products to 2,172 in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including 42 deaths. The agency last week identified vitamin E acetate as a “potential chemical of concern” in biologic samples from patients with vaping-associated lung injuries. CDC and the Food and Drug Administration continue to investigate the cause of the illness, and encourage health care providers to report possible cases to their state or local health department.

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