North Texas Death Linked to E-Cigarette Use, State Health Officials Say - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas Death Linked to E-Cigarette Use, State Health Officials Say

State health officials found 95 confirmed or probable cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping

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    Vaping Linked to 95 Cases of Lung Disease in Texas

    Texas health officials say they have identified 95 cases of severe lung disease in patients who reported vaping before developing symptoms, with the majority of cases being in North Texas. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019)

    Texas health officials 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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