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Brazos County Confirms Three People Have Become Ill, While Texas Records Its First Death Linked To Vaping

Texas has recorded its first death associated with vaping-related lung illnesses.

The Brazos County health district tells WTAW News five vaping cases have been reported this year, three of them have been confirmed, and the last case was reported September 23rd.

The Associated Press reports state officials say the person who died was from north Texas.

The state health agency also has 95 confirmed or probable cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping.

The state reports nearly 90 percent of the 95 cases have been vaping products containing marijuana or THC.

From the Associated Press:

DALLAS (AP) — Health officials in Texas say the state has recorded its first death associated with vaping-related lung illnesses.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Wednesday that an older woman in north Texas died last week from a lung disease associated with using electronic cigarettes. The agency says the state has also identified 95 confirmed or probable cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping.

The agency says those illnesses affect patients as young as 13, with a median age of 22. The department also says that among the illnesses, nearly 90% of patients reported vaping marijuana or THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,000 confirmed or probable vaping illnesses have been reported nationwide as of last week.

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Posted by on Oct 10 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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