EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority announced three more lung illnesses linked to vaping on Wednesday.
As of now, 17 people are dead, with hundreds of cases having been reported across America, and now eight in Oregon, leaving governments and communities scrambling on what to do.
Eugene teen Mujtaba Aljabery, said he’s been fighting vaping as long as he can remember.
“If it’s affecting us right now. It’s going to be a bigger problem in the future,” Aljabery said.
The first cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping was reported in August of this summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are looking at vaping very closely. It’s very dangerous. Children have died. People have died,” President Donald Trump said back in September.
Since then 17 deaths have been reported across the country in states like Illinois, Oregon, Indiana, California, Kansas, Florida, Minnesota and Mississippi, with Virginia, Alabama and New Jersey reporting deaths in the last two days.
At the national level, the Trump administration announced at the beginning of plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
Here Sen. Ron Wyden listened to the concerns of Eugene teens today at a roundtable session on vaping.
“But what you guys are saying, is with students, keep them from the flavors, and then they won't get caught up with juuling and then you won't play catch up ball,” Wyden said.
New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Los Angeles County and San Francisco have all banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes or e-cigarettes as a whole until more is known about the product.
The Oregon Health Authority recommended to Gov. Kate Brown that the state should ban the sale of e-cigarettes for at least six months
The CDC released a statement at the end of September that states:
“While this investigation is ongoing, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC.”