D.P.H New Vaping Numbers

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting that 5 additional cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury with two confirmed and three probable--to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bringing the statewide total of reported cases to 10.


5 of the cases are confirmed and 5 are considered probable for the CDC’s criteria.


At least 83 suspected vaping related pulmonary cases have been reported to the DPH since September 11.


Among the 10 cases that are considered confirmed or probable, most patients are under 20, or between 40 and 49.


7 of the 10 Massachusetts cases are women, with 8 of 10 requiring hospitalization.


The bulk of the cases involving vaping nicotine and THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.


More than two-thirds of patients nationally are male, with a median age of 23 years of age, with more than 60% of patients between the ages of 18-34; Many used a product with THC.


No single product has been linked to all cases of lung injury.