Illinois patient's death may be first in U.S. tied to vaping

A selection of the popular Juul brand vaping supplies on display in the window of a vaping store in New York on Saturday

A selection of the popular Juul brand vaping supplies on display in the window of a vaping store in New York on Saturday

At least 22 people, ranging in age from 17 to 38, have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping, it said.

The Minnesota Department of Health says it has confirmed four cases of severe lung injuries associated with vaping, and is investigating 11 more.

They also advised those who vape or who now have lung illness or who may have had it in the past three months, to contact their doctor or local health department.

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An investigation is underway in IL into more than 30 cases where individuals experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping, state officials said Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday 149 people nationwide have become ill from vaping.

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"We are asking health care providers to look out for cases of severe respiratory illness among teenagers and young adults, and ask about recent vaping and e-cigarette use", Pedati said in the news release. But no specific product has been identified in all cases, nor has any product been conclusively linked to illnesses.

Other symptoms reported by patients include fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea. In some cases, symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks and required hospitalization. Health officials have said patients have described vaping a variety of substances, including nicotine, marijuana-based products and do-it-yourself "home brews".

The common thread connecting the cases, the officials said, was that the individuals were using e-cigarettes or vaping in the months before they developed pulmonary complications.

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In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018 photo, Marshfield High School Principal Robert Keuther displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at the school in Marshfield, Mass. Illinois health officials are reporting what could be United States' first death tied to vaping.

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