Oregon death is 2nd linked to vaping, 1st tied to pot shop

ABC News | 9/4/2019 | Staff
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Public health officials in Oregon said Wednesday that a person who recently died of a severe respiratory illness had used an electronic cigarette containing marijuana oil from a legal dispensary, the second death linked to vaping nationwide and the first tied to a vaping product bought at a pot shop.

Officials have not determined what sickened the middle-aged adult, whether the product was contaminated or whether they may have added something to the liquid in the device after buying it, said Dr. Ann Thomas with the Oregon Health Authority.

Thomas - Brand - Product - Investigation - Case

Thomas declined to name the brand of the product or the dispensary during the investigation and said it's the only case of vaping-related illness or death in Oregon that authorities know about.

"Our investigation has not yielded exactly what it is in this product," Thomas said. "At this point, some of the other states have more data than us."

Week - Cases - Lung - Disease - Use

As of last week, 215 possible cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes had been reported by 25 states, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The battery-powered vaping devices can be used to inhale a flavored nicotine solution or a solution infused with marijuana oil.

Illinois officials on Friday reported what they consider the first death in the nation linked to vaping after the person contracted a serious lung disease. They didn't say if the e-cigarette contained marijuana oil or just nicotine.

Health - Officials - States - Number - People

Health officials in some states have said a number of people who got sick had vaped products containing THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high.

That's a critical distinction in the Oregon case, according to the American Vaping Association, which has blamed the recent spate of lung illnesses on illegal vape pens that contain THC.

Wisconsin - Health - Officials - Month - %

Wisconsin public health officials said late last month that 89% of the people they...
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