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Health officials report 3rd vaping-related death in Indiana

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LAFAYETTE, Ind.– Indiana now has two more deaths of severe lung injuries linked to a history of e-cigarette use.

The Indianapolis State Department of Health (ISDH) said the latest deaths bring Indiana to three since September 6.

“These deaths are heartbreaking,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “I urge anyone who is using these products to consider stopping, especially if you are vaping THC.”

Other than the deaths, the department is investigating 75 cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping. This has doubled in the past month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Oct. 10 that deaths have been confirmed in 21 states. Cases of lung injury have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia and one U.S. territory.

All patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, according to the CDC. Most patients have reported a history of using products containing THC, the ingredient that gives marijuana its high.

The CDC says the latest findings suggest products with THC play a role in the outbreak. The father a woman who was Indiana’s first vaping-related death told CBS4 his daughter had a history of vaping THC. However, the ISDH said some individuals have reported vaping only nicotine.

The ISDH said the majority of the cases have been reported among people aged 16-29.

These are the symptoms to watch for:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

The CDC says people should consider refraining from vaping, especially with products including THC. Those who vape nicotine to quit cigarette smoking should not return to cigarettes.

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