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Vaping-Lung Deaths Rise Again as Culprit Remains Elusive

  • Injuries climb to 1,479 cases in 49 states in most recent week
  • Thirty-three deaths linked to outbreak, up from 26 previously
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Vaping Industry Tied to Rising Number of Lung Injuries

The number of people killed or sickened by lung injuries linked to vaping increased again in the past week, with public-health officials still unable to clearly identify the root cause of a nationwide outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had identified 1,479 cases of the vaping-related ailment as of Oct. 15, up from 1,299 a week earlier, and that 33 people had died, an increase from 26 in the previous report. The ages of the deceased range from 17 to 75 years old.