New Jersey announces first vaping-related death in the state

Henrietta Brewer
October 2, 2019

Five more cases of vaping-associated lung illnesses in MA have been reported to federal agencies and dozens more are still under investigation, state health officials say.

There are 14 cases of serious lung disease in the Garden State associated with vaping, according to its health department.

The state's Department of Health and Human Services said that the victim was 65-years-old and from the Douglas County area.

The Department of Public Health said the five cases, with two confirmed and three probable, were reported Monday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they continue to investigate the ongoing nationwide outbreak of pulmonary injuries. The remaining 10 percent reported vaping nicotine only.

Baker last week declared a public health emergency and banned the sale of all vaping products for four months.


The state on Friday proposed a six-month ban on vaping products, part of a six-point list of options for the governor's consideration for stemming the tide of vaping-related illnesses.

Of the 83 suspected cases reported to DPH, 51 are still being investigated, and 22 did not meet the CDC definition.

Vaping THC, an ingredient found in marijuana, was reported in half of the 10 cases.

More information about the investigation is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.

More than 800 people nationally - across 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands - have been diagnosed wotj vaping-related illnesses.


But the e-cigarettes industry and former smokers vehemently oppose such moves, saying vaping is a reliable alternative to smoking. The vaping liquid is heated into a gas, typically by battery-operated metal coils, to be inhaled.

Thirteen other deaths have been identified as part of the multi-state outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping: two in California, two in Kansas, two in OR, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, responsible for users' "high" sensation. The CDC recommends the public not use e-cigs or vaping products, particularly those containing THC.

"The outbreak now is pointing to a greater concern around THC-containing products", CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters on Friday.


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