Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping-related injury

Fourth Illinois resident dies after vaping-related injury

This is the second vaping-related death in Missouri.

The Illinois Department of Public Health released a statement Thursday that said the resident "had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products".

The agency reports 179 people in IL have now suffered lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping.

"Sadly, we report the tragic impact e-cigarettes have had on another Missourian, and we send our condolences to her family", said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS director.

The agency strongly urges people not to use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis), especially those obtained off the street or from online dealers.

A fourth IL resident has died after being hospitalized with a lung injury associated with vaping.

- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain. In addition, people should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.

A rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in some countries has raised concern over the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, touted as less harmful than tobacco.

Most patients report a history of using THC-containing products, and more than 80% of the cases in IL report recent use of THC-containing products, primarily obtaining them from informal sources, according to the IDPH.

DHSS and the CDC advise anyone using vaping products who experience the symptoms listed above to seek medical care promptly. The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

Most of the people who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana.

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