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Florida Department of Health reports first death from vaping-related illness

Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 12:34:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Health is reporting the state's first death from a lung injury connected to vaping.

According to the department's statistics, there's been 27 reported cases of lung injury connected to vaping in Florida in 2019 and one death.

It's unclear when that death occurred based on the chart. Right now, it's unknown what kind of vape the person was using before they died.

The chart documents lung injuries associated with vaping using an electronic device, electronic cigarette, e-cigarette, vaporizer, vape, vape pen, dab pen, or other to inhale substances including nicotine, marijuana, THC, THC concentrates, CBD, synthetic cannabinoids, or flavorings.

FDOH says that they are working with county health departments and doctors to identify and investigate reports of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes or vaping.

The Florida Department of Health encourages health care providers to report cases of significant respiratory illness of unclear origin and a history of vaping to their local county health department or the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology at (850) 245-4401.

ABC 27 is reaching out to the Florida Department of Health to find out more about when the death occurred and where.