Kansas health authorities confirmed the death of the 50-year-old male. According to the Kansas State Epidemiologist, the patient's condition deteriorated rapidly following hospitalization. Lee Norman, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, via 'USA Today' According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of cases of suspicious lung illnesses possibly due to vaping exceeds 450. The cases are spread out across 33 states. Symptoms of the cases include fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting and coughing. The CDC has confirmed that a vitamin E acetate additive found in some marijuana products is associated with some — but not all — of the cases. The CDC recommends that people avoid e-cigarettes and vaping.