Us health authorities said on Thursday, More than 500 people have been sickened in an outbreak of vaping-related illness in the United States. Los Angeles takes steps to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
According to a weekly report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the known tally from the mysterious lung disease has jumped from 380 to 530, although the number of deaths stood unchanged at seven.
More than half the cases involved patients under 25 years of age and three-quarters were men, Anne Schuchat, the centers´ principal deputy director, said. Sixteen percent of those taken ill were under age 18.
The e-cigarette has been touted as a safer alternative to smoking, but critics say the risks are poorly understood, while flavored soda liquids are particularly attractive to children and may make them nicotine-dependent.
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