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Stop vaping at least until we know more

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong.

Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 states. More than 450 cases — six involving deaths — have been reported.

No one knows why, after years of sales of vaping devices and chemicals, the practice suddenly may be dangerous.

But something is wrong.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging those who engage in vaping to stop until more can be learned about the problem.

It is good advice. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more. It could save your life.