A worker organizes flavors for E-cigarettes and Vape devices in a local store on January 2, 2020 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Trump administration will announce this week the ban for mint-, fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarette cartridges, but allow menthol and tobacco flavors to remain on the market. Flavored liquid nicotine used in open tank systems can continue to be sold. AFP

US HEALTH officials on Thursday reported three more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 60.

As of Jan 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 66 new cases from the illness associated with use of e-cigarettes or vaping products. The number of people hospitalised now stands at 2,668.

In November, US officials reported the discovery of Vitamin E acetate — believed to be used as a cutting agent in illicit vaping products containing marijuana components — in all lung samples from 29 patients.

CDC in November called Vitamin E acetate as a “chemical of concern” and recommended that the substance not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping products, while the investigation is ongoing. - Reuters