MADRID, Oct. 4 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The health authorities of the United States have warned Thursday that the number of deaths associated with the use of electronic cigarettes has risen to 18 in a total of 15 states of the country.
The average age of the patients who have died is 50 years old – between 27 and 71 years old -, as indicated by the data of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control of the country (CDC).
There have been at least 1,080 cases of lung conditions associated with vapers in 48 states, which is an increase of 275 cases since last week. This increase is “terribly worrying,” according to CDC director Robert Redfield.
“Unfortunately, this could be the tip of the iceberg in terms of escalating threats to public health, especially for young people and young adults,” he said.
States like New York and New Jersey have issued health warnings regarding steam-related lung diseases. At the moment, the CDC has not related this type of ailments with any specific product. In the United States, Juul Labs is the leading manufacturer of electronic cigarettes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that although it is generally believed that electronic cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, which end the lives of many of its users, the long-term effects remain unknown.