State reports first death from vaping-related lung injury

Henrietta Strickland
October 8, 2019

Though the investigation is ongoing and the cause remains unknown at this time.

Eighteen deaths in 15 states had now been positively linked to vaping since March, from a total of 1,080 illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The US state of MA upheld a ban on e-cigarettes Friday amid a spate of deaths and injuries linked to vaping across the country. The death in MA brings the national total to 19 reported in 16 states.

The CDC attributed the sharp increase to a combination of new patients becoming ill in the past two weeks and recent reporting of previously identified patients.

The report, released on September 27, provides the first national comprehensive data on the characteristics of cases reported to CDC, including sex, age, and select substances used in e-cigarette, or vaping products. Most had a history of using THC-containing products.

About 70 per cent of patients are male, and 80 per cent are under 35 years old.

E-cigarettes have been available in the United States since 2006.

They were until recently perceived as a less harmful alternative to smoking because they do not contain the 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes, dozens of which are known to cause cancer. The division said the individual was hospitalized, but has since been discharged.

"The number of confirmed and probable cases of vaping-associated lung injury we're seeing continues to escalate and today I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of a patient who had this illness", Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in a statement.

On Sept. 24, Gov. Charle Baker announced a public health emergency and a four-month statewide ban on sales of all vaping products in MA.

Manufacturers sought to challenge the ban in a Boston court, arguing that the law was disproportionate to the health risks posed by the devices.

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