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10 people treated in Tennessee for vaping-related illness

Posted: 9:10 AM, Sep 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-13 10:13:28-04
The culprit behind vaping-related lung illnesses may be vitamin E chemical, health department says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — At least 10 people in Tennessee are receiving treatment for a mysterious lung illness that could be connected to vaping.

Right now, there are more than 380 possible cases of lung disease in 36 states and one U.S. territory. Six deaths have been reported.

As of Thursday, 10 people in Tennessee were showing signs of the illness. However, the Tennessee Department of Health thinks there could be more local cases.

Doctors say it's likely a chemical-induced pneumonia. Symptoms include chest pain, chronic cough and difficulty breathing.

Most patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC, with many saying it was a combination of THC and nicotine. Some said it only contained nicotine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still has many questions. It’s unclear if the illnesses are connected to a specific brand or product – such as a liquid, cartridge or refill pod.

If you're concerned, the CDC says stop using your product.