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Death by Disappearance: Here's what you need to know
Death marks the first in the state, but it raises even more concern about the safety and regulation of e-cigarettes.
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and public health departments are investigating the outbreak. Health officials say they have not found a definitive cause or clear link between the cases, but some rely on potential clues.
Here's what you need to know about vaping-related illnesses and vaping-related illnesses in the United States.  As of Friday, there are more than 450 possible cases of pulmonary disease associated with the use of electronic cigarettes reported to the CDC in 33 states and the US Virgin Islands.
Prior to his death in Kansas, five deaths were reported in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon.
Kansas health officials report that a patient who died over the age of 50 had a history of major health issues and was "hospitalized with symptoms that were progressing rapidly," according to a statement from the Department of Health and the Environment at Kansas.
Health officials say it is unclear what type of vaping product the patient uses. [1
9659008] The first death from vaping-related lung disease in the United States was reported in Illinois in August. The man who died was an adult. Oregon saw the second death in an epidemic across the country, then Minnesota and Indiana. The fifth death reported Friday was in California.
What has the investigation of vaping disease discovered so far?
A federal investigation into the relationship between vaping and severe pulmonary disease is ongoing and no cause has been identified, but all reported cases indicate the use of electronic cigarette products, and some patients report the use of electronic cigarettes containing cannabinoid products, such as THC.
Separate investigations are also conducted in separate states.
New York health officials said last week that extremely high levels of vitamin E acetate were found in nearly all cannabis-containing vaping products that were analyzed as part of the investigation. At least one product containing this chemical is associated with every person who has become ill and has submitted a product for testing in the country.
Laboratory tests conducted in Albany's Wadesworth Health Center showed "very high levels of vitamin A" in samples containing cannabis, the state health department said.
Vitamin E acetate is now a "key focus" of the state's disease investigation, the New York State Department of Health reported. Some of the products found to contain Vitamin E acetate are flavored candy. (19659008) The New York Government's Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered the State Department of Health to issue summonses to three companies that offer thickeners to companies that produce liquids – and more companies are expected to be investigated.
The Wadsworth Center received thickeners from these three companies and determined "they are almost pure vitamin E acetate oil," according to the governor's office.
What do doctors say?
The CDC says that electronic cigarettes should never be used by young people, young people, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco.
As the investigation of the pulmonary epidemic continues, people should consider not using e-cigarette products, and people who do should monitor their symptoms, the CDC said Friday.
"It's time to stop vaping," Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and the environment and a state health official, said in a statement Tuesday announcing the country's sixth death .
"If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop. Recent deaths throughout our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung damage cases, continue to increase. I am extremely concerned about the health and safety of kanzans who use vaping products and urge them to stop until we can determine the cause of the vaping-related lung injury and death, "Norman said. [1 9659008] On Tuesday, the American Association of lungs warned that "electronic cigarettes are not safe" and can cause irreversible damage and lung disease.
"No one should use electronic cigarettes or any other tobacco product. This announcement is even more urgent today after the increasing reports of illnesses and deaths due to illness worldwide, "Harold Wimmer, national president and CEO of the association, wrote in a written statement.
Recently, the American Medical Association called on the public to avoid using electronic cigarette products while healthcare professionals until
"The AMA recommends that anyone who has recently used e-cigarette products seek medical attention immediately if they experience adverse health effects, in particular coughing, shortness of breath or chest pain." , Dr. Patris Harris, president of the association, said in a written statement on Monday.
Harris also had a message about the FDA.
"We must not stay away while electronic cigarettes continue to be unregulated. We call on the FDA to expedite the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market, "she said in part." We also call on the FDA to immediately ban fragrances as well as marketing practices that enhance the attractiveness of e-cigarette products to young people. "
What is the US Food and Drug Administration doing?
FDA spokesman Stephanie Kakomo said in an email statement on Tuesday that getting at the root of vaping diseases remains a" top priority "For the agency and its partners.
" More information is currently needed to better understand whether there is a link between any specific products or substances and the diseases reported. The diseases investigated include the increased use of vaping products – including these , used with substances such as THC; e-cigarettes are considered to be a kind of vaping product, "the statement said.
The FDA is also taking action to stop the youth epidemic from vaping, the statement said.
"To combat the increasing epidemic in young people's use of e-cigarettes, we are aggressively enforcing the law and investing in youth education campaigns on the dangers of e-cigarette use. Our educational efforts include targeting young prevention messages on television, digital platforms, bathroom posters and lesson plans developed with Scholastic for Teachers, "the statement said.
"We will continue to use all of our child protection tools, including enforcement actions and punishments. We keep saying that if there is a continued increase in the use of e-cigarettes for young people, especially through the use of flavors that appeal to children, take more aggressive action. We will do whatever it takes to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic. "
In a bid to curb the use of e-cigarettes among young people, the FDA on Monday issued a warning e-mail to the leading electronic cigarette manufacturer Juul for the marketing of a product as a safer alternative to cigarettes.
a warning that Juul has marketed its products as "modified hazardous tobacco products" without a proper FDA order. The products were called "99% safer" than cigarettes or "completely safe" – and such statements were made according to children at school, according to the letter.
The FDA orders Juul to respond within 15 business days with corrective action and its plan to comply with federal law. The letter notes that non-compliance may result in fines, seizures
Juul claims that its products are designed to turn smokers into adults in what has been described in the past as a less harmful alternative. In other communications, the company said it could not claim its products were safer, in accordance with FDA regulations.
"We are reviewing the letters and will cooperate fully," according to Ted Kwong, a spokesman for Juul Labs.
The warning letter is the latest development in an ongoing FDA investigation into the Yul, according to the agency. A two-day congressional hearing was held in July to explore the company's role in the youth vaping epidemic.
"Regardless of where products such as e-cigarettes fall into the continuum of tobacco product risk, it is clear that, prior to the marketing of low-risk tobacco products, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their particular product actually represents JUUL has ignored the law and is very concerned about making some of these statements at our nation's youth school, "says FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharples in a statement of the agency on Monday Nick.
"We will continue to scrutinize the marketing of tobacco products and take action as appropriate to ensure that the public will not be led to believe that a particular product is proven to be less risky or less harmful" , he said. "In addition, we have paid attention to the industry: If the continued disturbing rise in the use of e-cigarettes for young people, especially through the use of flavors that appeal to children, we will take even more aggressive action."
Some public figures and MPs claim the FDA can do more.
Democratic whip in the US Senate Dick Durbin criticized the FDA and urged the agency to do more to regulate e-cigarettes.
Friday, following the news of additional deaths until the spread of vaping, Durbin called on Sharpless to switch to regulating e-cigarettes and flavors in the next 10 days. Durbin said he would call for Sharpless's resignation if he did not take action.
Then on Monday, Durbin again told a news conference that it was Sharples' time to "either do something or reconcile." He added that public education was not enough and implementation was needed.
"We need to send undercover people to those places that sell these devices, and when we nail them to sell them to underage people, they pay heavy.
In response, the FDA is looking forward to" engaging in " Senator Durbin, along with all members of Congress "on this. 
Are there any measures to ban electronic cigarette products?
The New York-based Cuomoto wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes and said in a statement Monday that it will proceed with new legislation to do so.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies, a foundation run by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced the launch of a new $ 160 million initiative to curb electronic cigarette use among young people in the United States.
The goals of the three-year program include banning all flavored e-cigarettes, d stopping Jules and other e-cigarette companies from marketing their products to children, the organization said in a statement. It will be run by the Tobacco Free Campaign, which will partner with other leading organizations, including parent and community groups, concerned about children and the health of the nation.
The launch comes the same day Bloomberg and Matt Myers, from the Tobacco Free Campaign, wrote a writing piece in The New York Times. They wrote that "banning flavored e-cigarettes is the most important thing we can do to reduce use among young people" and sought the FDA for not doing so.
"The FDA can ban fragrances right away, but repeatedly kick the box down the road when it comes to taking serious steps," Bloomberg and Myers wrote.
Last week, the Gretchen Whitmer Government of Michigan announced that the state would become the first to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, the Prohibition gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months – though the governor may decide to renew it, which includes sales at brick-and-mortar stores and online.  In July Mayor San Francisco's London Brad signed an ordinance that effectively banned the sale of e-cigarettes in the city, the first of its kind in the U.S.  Although not a ban, in March the FDA proposed a policy to prevent young people from accessing e-cigarettes. and other flavored tobacco products.
The compliance policy project will take action against stores that sell underage e-cigarette products that are accessible to minors and against websites that sell them without checking the age of buyers and limit the maximum quantities they sell. This proposal was made by former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
"We will have more details to share about the final compliance policy soon, including our plans to tackle this troubling trend among young people," the agency said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday.
Jamie Gumbrecht, Michael Nedelman, Katie Hunt and Nadia Kunang of CNN contributed to this report.