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First vaping death from a serious lung disease sparks concern

 

We don’t know much about it, but the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Aug. 23 the death of a patient who developed a serious lung disease after vaping. No name, age, hometown or date of death was given, but it is believed to be the first fatality from electronic cigarettes, whose popularity has soared among teens and young adults.

So far, the Center for Disease Control reports 193 people in 22 states have contracted severe respiratory illnesses after vaping, but the CDC notes that none of those cases is linked to infectious disease. Instead, the caustic substances in the inhaled vapor may be at fault.

“We will continue to educate all Americans about the serious risks associated with these products,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said.

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Larry Storer

Larry Storer

Larry Storer has been editor of Vein Therapy News for 10 years. He has edited computer, shelter and medical publications at Publications & Communications LP for 30 years. He was also a corporate vice president and editorial director before retiring. Larry graduated from Baylor University with a BA in journalism and an MA in communications; and from Lamar University with a MED in school administration. He taught beginning and advanced reporting, beginning and advanced editing and editorial writing at Baylor University. Larry was a reporter, and city and news editor of the Beaumont Journal, and opinion editor at the Beaumont Enterprise and Beaumont Enterprise-Journal. He was also the founding managing editor of the Yuba City (California) Daily Independent-Herald.