8th vaping-related death reported in U.S. as cases of illnesses top 500

More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday. An eighth death was also reported.READ MORE: First known Canadian case of vaping-related illness reported in London, Ont.
Story continues belowMeanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration revealed that its criminal investigations unit started tracking leads early on, as cases pointed to black market vaping products. The agency’s tobacco director, Mitch Zeller, stressed that it is not interested in prosecuting individuals who use illegal products but is lending a hand because of the unit’s “special skills.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory, up from 380 a week ago.Missouri joined the list later Thursday, announcing the death this week of a man in his mid-40s at a St. Louis hospital.WATCH: Coalition of health care organizations calls for action on young people vaping

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