State Health Department officials announced Tuesday the first death in New Jersey related to the national vaping outbreak.
The death of an adult woman from North Jersey was reported to the state Health Department in August. No other information on the woman was provided.
There have been 14 confirmed and probable cases of serious lung disease in the state, including the death reported Tuesday.
“This death underscores the potential dangers associated with vaping,” Judith Persichilli, the acting health commissioner, said in a statement.
Another 32 reports of severe lung illness are under investigation, according to state health officials.
Nationally, there have been more than 800 confirmed and probable cases of serious illness from vaping products in 46 states and the Virgin Islands. There have been at least 13 deaths in 11 states.
In response, states including Michigan and New York have banned flavored vape products, and President Donald Trump came out in favor of such a ban on the federal level. Massachusetts banned all vaping products for four months while it investigates the health emergency.
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A task force created by Gov. Phil Murphy to investigate e-cigarettes and make policy recommendations to him is due Thursday.
In an investigation of 514 patients nationwide who had lung problems, the CDC found that 77% reported using vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main compound in marijuana. About 57% reported vaping with products containing nicotine, but just 16% exclusively used nicotine.
No single product or substance has been linked to all lung injury cases, according to the CDC, but it recommends that people of all ages do not vape.
Vaping pens or electronic cigarettes have become popular among young people. The use of e-cigarettes has increased to 20% among high school students in 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
For more information on vaping, visit VapeFactsNJ.com.
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