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First vaping-related death reported in Alabama, health officials confirm

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Oct 02 2019 10:55 AM

An adult male in east Alabama is the state’s first death linked to a vaping-related illness, health officials confirmed Wednesday.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said the death of the unidentified man is from a vaping-related illness that has been blamed for more than 800 lung injury cases in the U.S. Twelve deaths – not including Alabama’s – have been reported in 10 states.

Last month, ADPH urged people to quit using e-cigarettes and vape products as the Centers for Disease Control investigation into the illness continues. Those who continue to vape should not buy products off the street or from unregulated sources and avoid modifying or adding foreign substances to the products.

“The use of any tobacco product is unsafe. While this current outbreak is being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using any e-cigarette or vape product. Furthermore, there is no situation in which these devices should be used by pregnant women or youths,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said.

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