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Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

E-cigarette death reported in the Los Angeles area

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is issuing a warning to residents about the use of these e-cigarette devices following a recent death of a Los Angeles County resident.

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To date, there have been 12 reports of vaping- associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) in Los Angeles County.

“Nationwide, we are learning how dangerous these devices may be, and the long-term health impacts remain unknown at this time,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “As their popularity rises, especially among teens and young adults, we are compelled to warn our 10 million residents that the risks of using these devices, with or without nicotine, marijuana, CBD or some street concoction, may now include severe lung injury.”

“The increasing cases of severe pulmonary illnesses associated with vaping both nationwide and locally in Los Angeles County are alarming and underscores how much we still don’t know about the extent of harm that vaping can cause,” said Dr. Steven Dubinett, Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. “We join Public Health, the medical community, and other health professionals in warning residents about the use of these devices and the need for a concerted effort to address this outbreak.”

“The bottom line is everyone should think twice about vaping until more is known about their impacts on the health of their users, and the role they play as a contributor to lung damage leading to death,” Davis added.

As of September 6, 2019, over 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported from the following 33 states and 1 U.S. territory: AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

In addition to the LA County death, deaths have been reported, one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon.

CDC reports there is no evidence of infectious diseases identified; therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure.


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