Two young women vape outside the store they work at, Cloud99 Vapes, in Manhattan, New York.
Melissa Fares | Reuters
A person has died after being hospitalized with a serious lung disease after using an e-cigarette, the first death doctors linked to gunshots, Illinois officials said Friday.
The death comes as federal and state health officials investigate a number of lung diseases associated with e-cigarette use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a conference call with reporters Friday that there are now 1
In Illinois, 22 people between the ages of 17 and 38 have reported respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping.
"The severity of diseases people experience is alarming and we must be told that it can be dangerous to use e-cigarettes and weapons," said Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. She said the state requested help from the CDC, which arrived with a team of investigators Tuesday.
Jennifer Layden, the state's highest medical officer and epidemiologist, said some cases have reported the use of THC products and oils. THC is the active compound in marijuana.
The gender and age of the Illinois resident who died were not immediately disclosed.
The CDC on Saturday announced that it was investigating 153 cases of lung disease among people using e-cigarettes.
In Illinois alone, officials said the number of gun-related cases has doubled over the past week. Most cases involve teenagers and young adults.
The symptoms experienced by e-cigarette users included coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue, according to Health Ombudsman.
The long-term health effects of steam are largely unknown. E-cigarettes are generally considered safer than traditional cigarettes.