Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping related lung injury

Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping related lung injury

Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping related lung injury

This is the second vaping-related death in Missouri.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a fourth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury.

"Sadly, we report the tragic impact e-cigarettes have had on another Missourian, and we send our condolences to her family", Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS director said.

Health officials also urge people not to use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC, especially those obtained off the street or online dealers.

A fourth IL resident has died after being hospitalized with a lung injury associated with vaping.

There were 2,172 cases of lung injury linked to vaping as of November 13, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

The agency advises anyone who experiences chest pain or difficulty breathing after using e-cigarettes or vaping to seek immediate medical attention. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive in the production of e-cigarette or vaping products.This is the first identification of a potential chemical of concern in biologic samples from patients with these lung injuries. CDC will continue to update guidance, as appropriate, as new data become available from this outbreak investigation.

The Philippine health department has been sued over planned regulations on e-cigarettes, which prevented the government from implementing them while the matter is in court. Adults who do not now use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarettes.

Most of the people who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana. If someone needs help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or other medical provider or call the Missouri Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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