There have been numerous reports recently of vaping-related illnesses, and now they have an official name: EVALI.
Per People, EVALI stands for “e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury.” As of October 8, there have been 1,299 cases of EVALI reported to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention. 26 of those cases have resulted in death.
They have yet to pin down the root cause of these illnesses, but they do know that 60 percent of the patients were using nicotine-based products, 76 percent were using THC products.
Symptoms of EVALI include coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, and weight loss. CDC warns that EVALI has similar symptoms to the flu, so doctors should be aware of its symptoms to differentiate it.