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Nationwide Vaping Illnesses Top 800 As Death Toll Rises To 12

A total of 12 people have died and at least 805 others across 46 states have sustained lung damage after using e-cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The latest figures show that the number of known vape-related illnesses has increased by 275 since last week. It also increases the number of affected states by eight. 

News of the 52% rise came hours after the Mississippi State Department of Health announced its first confirmed vape-related death. The individual was only identified as under the age of 30.

Earlier this week, health officials in Florida and Georgia also announced their first deaths from vaping-related illnesses.

The latest deaths were reported in Mississippi, Florida and Georgia.



The latest deaths were reported in Mississippi, Florida and Georgia.

Georgia health officials identified the deceased individual as a 35-year-old man who had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no history of vaping THC. The Florida Department of Health has not released details about its fatality and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Most nationwide cases of vaping-related lung damage have involved individuals with a history of using products containing THC, though there have been cases of people who only used nicotine, according to the CDC.

As of this week, there are eight other vaping-associated illnesses in Georgia.

“All patients were hospitalized and developed pneumonia with no known infectious cause,” the Georgia Department of Public Health said. All of the individuals are between the ages of 18 and 68 and nearly all are male.

Vaping products on display in a store window in New York City. Deaths related to vaping have been confirmed in California, Fl



Vaping products on display in a store window in New York City. Deaths related to vaping have been confirmed in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oregon, the CDC said.

Florida has reported 27 known cases of lung damage associated with e-cigarette use this year.

On Monday, Kansas reported its second known death from a vaping-related illness. The first death was of a female resident over the age of 50 with underlying health conditions. The second death was of a male over the age of 50 who also had underlying health conditions.

On Sept. 19, Missouri announced its first vaping-related death, identifying the individual as a man in his mid-40s. The man had normal lung function before he started vaping in May. Over the next three months, he developed mild respiratory symptoms that worsened, leading to his hospitalization in late August.

Similar deaths have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon, the CDC said.

This story has been updated following the release of additional figures by the CDC and the Mississippi death. 

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