Glass pipes for smoking in the United States caused 805 cases of lung injury, a sharp increase of 52
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of cases of lung injury related to glass pipes for smoking have also occurred across the United States.
According to CDC statistics, as of Tuesday, a total of 805 confirmed and suspected cases related to the use of glass pipes for smoking had been found in 46 U.S. states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, up 52% from a week ago.
This figure is higher than 530 reported by CDC last week.
At present, 13 people have died in 10 states: 2 in California, 2 in Kansas, 2 in Oregon and 1 in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
Dr. Anne Schukat, CDC's chief deputy secretary general, said at a hearing of the House subcommittee on Tuesday that the number of diseases related to glass pipes for smoking reported this week is expected to be "hundreds more" than last week.
Rajakrishnamoosi, chairman of the Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee of the Illinois House of Representatives Supervision and Reform Commission and representative, said he was "frustrated" at the knowledge of so many cases "indicating that 275 lung disease cases have increased in the United States in just one week."
This figure is worse than we thought, "Chris Namotosi said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. He is leading Congress to investigate the popularity of glass pipes for smoking among young people.
This unfortunate news has strengthened my determination to continue leading the Subcommittee's investigation into the use of glass pipes for smoking and glass pipes for smoking by young people to contain the growing public health crisis, "he said.
Mississippi's Ministry of Health announced Thursday the 12th death in the United States under the age of 30, the state's first glass pipes for smoking-related death.
There are too many deaths related to glass pipes for smoking, which is completely preventable, "Dr. Paul Byers, a state epidemiologist at Mississippi's Department of Health, said in a press release on Thursday.
We feel sad about this and hope it can help us to emphasize how dangerous glass pipes for smoking is, "byers said.
So far, four serious lung injury cases related to glass pipes for smoking have been found in Mississippi, all between the ages of 18 and 34.
Oregon later reported 13 deaths. Governor kate brown announced the news and said state health agencies were urging residents to quit smoking.
The exact cause of lung diseases in various parts of the United States is still unclear, but all reported cases have a history of using glass pipes for smoking or smoking.
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