The Ohio Department of Health is now investigating three reports of vaping-related illnesses in the Mahoning Valley.

The department this week reported another fifteen cases in Ohio related to the use of E-cigarettes and similar items. Two of those cases in Mahoning County were reported earlier. A case in Trumbull County is new.

The case in Trumbull County was a male in his 30's who was hospitalized but has since been released. 

So far, the state has recorded 81 cases with 74 of those requiring hospitalizations.

The median age of the Ohio victims is 24 years old. Seventy percent are male.

As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control reported 2,291 cases of hospitalized e-cigarette or vaping, product use associated with lung injury in 50 states.

 

Forty-eight deaths have been confirmed in 25 states including Pennsylvania.


The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with the e-cigarette or vaping, product use associated lung injury.

Recent CDC laboratory testing of fluid samples collected from the lungs of 29 patients found vitamin E acetate in all of the samples. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive, most notably as a thickening agent in THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

CDC recommends that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers. In addition, people should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.

While this investigation is ongoing, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products. CDC will continue to update guidance, as appropriate, as new data become available from the outbreak.