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Vaping deaths rise to 18, more than 1,000 sick

The number of deaths related to e-cigarettes has now climbed to 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also identified 275 new illnesses last week, bringing the total to 1,080 throughout the U.S.

The data is also suggesting that the outbreak has not hit its peak yet either, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principle deputy director.

It is still unclear what is making people sick.

Doctors only know what the users had been vaping in 578 cases. Of those cases, 78 percent said they had vaped THC and 17 percent said they used only nicotine.

Schuchat said consumers should stop vaping, particularly THC or anything bought off the street