Skip to main content

The CDC says that almost everyone shouldn’t vape, including young adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned minors, pregnant women, young adults, and people who don’t use tobacco that they shouldn’t vape after a spate of recent illnesses and one death linked to e-cigarettes.

According to the CDC’s announcement, as of August 27, 215 possible cases of vaping-related respiratory disease have been reported from 25 different states. While the cause of the issues is currently presumed to be the use of e-cigarette products, the CDC says that more information is currently needed to determine the specifics.

The agency also confirmed that one person who had used a vaping product died in Illinois after being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness.

“Regardless of the ongoing investigation, e-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products,” the CDC said.

The CDC and FDA are working with local health departments to gather information about the illness impacting those people, along with products or substances those individuals used.

“In many cases, patients reported a gradual start of symptoms, including breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain before hospitalization. Some cases reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea, or other symptoms such as fevers or fatigue,” the CDC said. “In many cases, patients have also acknowledged recent use of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette products while speaking to healthcare personnel or in follow-up interviews by health department staff.”

The CDC warns that anyone who plans to use an e-cigarette product should not purchase them off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to them that were not intended by the manufacturer.

In addition to suggesting young people and pregnant women abstain entirely from the products it also recommends that anyone using an e-cigarette monitor themselves regularly for symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain. If any of those symptoms develop, it recommends seeking medical attention.

Beyond the respiratory disease that appears to be linked to e-cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is also reportedly looking into reports that e-cigarette use is potentially linked to seizures and other neurological symptoms.  The FDA has received 127 reports of issues that may potentially be related to e-cigarette use; however, it currently does not have enough information to link the use of vaping products and the incidents. That investigation is ongoing.

Editors' Recommendations

Emily Price
Emily is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. Her book "Productivity Hacks: 500+ Easy Ways to Accomplish More at…
Windows 11 will use AI to automatically upscale games
Person using Windows 11 laptop on their lap by the window.

Microsoft appears to have decided to jump on the upscaling train in a big way. The latest Windows 11 24H2 Insider build just showed up, sporting a new feature: AI-powered automatic super resolution tech. While the blurb underneath the feature indicates that it was made for games, it might be even more useful outside of them. However, there's a major downside -- it won't be as widely available as it may seem.

The feature was first spotted by PhantomOcean3 on X (formerly Twitter), and it was quite a significant find, considering that Microsoft is apparently keeping this one pretty well hidden. To enable it, users have to go through the following path: Settings > System > Display > Graphics. While it's perhaps not very intuitive to find, the feature itself could turn out to be quite promising.

Read more
A new Windows 11 hardware system requirement may be incoming
A man sits, using a laptop running the Windows 11 operating system.

Microsoft appears to finally be putting its foot down on how far back it's willing to go when it comes to supporting older hardware. As of the upcoming Windows 11 24H2 build, Microsoft will require that your processor supports the POPCNT instruction. If you're wondering what that is and whether this will affect you, you're not alone.

This new addition was spotted by Bob Pony on X (formerly Twitter). According to the user, if the CPU doesn't support the POPCNT instruction or it's disabled, Windows won't work at all. Multiple system files now require this instruction, starting with the Windows 11 kernel. Long story short -- no POPCNT, no Windows 11 24H2.

Read more
How to install Android apps on Windows 11
Android Apps on Windows 11.

The best way to install Android apps on Windows 11 is to do so via the Amazon Appstore. In order to do that, you'll need to set up the Windows Subsystem for Android (if it's not already set up on your PC), install the Amazon Appstore app, and enable virtualization if prompted. In this guide, we'll show you how to do all of that so you can start installing Android apps on your Windows 11 PC.

Read more