Patients with vapor-related lung injury typically have symptoms reminiscent of influenza or pneumonia. No single substance has been shown to cause the disease, but several marijuana products have been identified as potential culprits. By Tuesday, it was not known which substance was responsible for the death of the Bronx, a public health officer said.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy chief executive of the CDC, said at a press conference last week that the outbreak of illnesses associated with vapors "is continuing at a rapid pace." She emphasized that the illness was serious and life-threatening and called the proportion of patients in the hospital and intensive care unit "just terrible".
Several states, including New York, have responded to the outbreak and increasing numbers of teenage vaporizers and have tried to ban flavored e-cigarette pads particularly popular with children. The Trump administration said last month that it is considering a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes.
Last week, an appeals court blocked New York's ban on flavored pods just before it came into force. Vaping groups have challenged the ban, claiming it would harm retailers and adults who use the products to stop smoking tobacco. The vaping industry is also fighting a more comprehensive ban on all Vaping products in Massachusetts, which recently reported its first death in connection with Vaping.
The announcement of the death of Bronx-teens in connection with Vaping occurred when New York City filed a petition Federal Litigation against 22 sites claiming that e-cigarette products are targeted and sells to persons under the age of 21, the legal age of purchase of tobacco and e-cigarette products in New York.
The online retailers mentioned in the lawsuit are based in California, Florida and about a dozen other states. They are accused of luring underage clients in New York by advertising on social media and offering products in flavors such as "Lemon Twist" "Candy Cane" "Cookie Butter" . "Fruity Loops" and "SaltNic Mighty Mint".