Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Texas records 1st death linked to e-cigarette use

Texas records 1st death linked to e-cigarette use

Texas is the third state in as many days to report its first vaping-related death, mirroring similar tragic news out of NY and Utah.

The people who died were adults, which was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People with lung injury associated with vaping or e-cigarette use could also have flu and other respiratory illnesses, US health officials said Friday in updating advice to health-care professionals and the public. Most patients have reported a history of using products containing THC, the ingredient that gives marijuana its high. About 80 per cent of patients were under age 35.

Right now, there are 95 confirmed and probable lung injury cases in the state connected to vaping, according to the TDSHS.

For now, investigators suspect that some portion of the cases are due to a risky practice linked to the preparation of THC, but can not say for certain whether other cases have other causes innate to the vaping process.

In Utah, health officials said the victim was under 30, and had also "vaped THC prior to their death".

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While the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, the CDC recommends that people refrain from using e-cigarettes or vaping products, particularly those containing THC. The majority of the cases have occurred among individuals ages 16-29.

Information about the vaping-related lung injury for the public is posted at Michigan.gov/vapelung and for providers at Michigan.gov/cdinfo.

But authorities can not definitively exclude nicotine products, since 13 percent of all patients reported nicotine use only. "I urge anyone who is using these products to consider stopping, especially if you are vaping THC".

Another 58% said they used nicotine-containing products with or without THC.

With the outbreak picking up in pace, some states - including New York, Michigan and Rhode Island - have banned the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes.

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