One person in Pennsylvania has died of lung injuries associated with vaping, state Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said.
The state has another nine confirmed and 12 probably cases of the lung illness, and are investigating another 63 cases, said Secretary and the state suspects that more than 20 other people have been taken ill with vaping-related lung problems.
At a news conference, Levin confirmed the death and urged Pennsylvanians not to vape.
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“The lung injury cases are very serious, life-threatening and even fatal,” Dr. Levine said. “We do not yet know what is making people sick, and whether the illnesses are related to products being used, or potentially the delivery of those products. I strongly urge everyone who is vaping illegally bought products, in particular those with THC, to stop.
“In addition, there could be possible risks with legally purchased products. We want to warn people that investigations are ongoing and we advise they use extreme caution before using any vaping product at this time.”