Colorado man's death not caused by vaping illness — CDC

Henrietta Brewer
January 11, 2020

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services deems a vaping-related illness or death "probable" when a lung injury is believed to have been caused by vaping, but there are other health issues to contend with, such as the flu or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

MI health officials are reporting the state's third vaping-related lung injury death.

Local and national agencies began investigating the health impact of vaping in mid-2019, when agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publicized reports of a widespread but previously unknown lung condition found primarily in e-cigarette users.

Since August 2019, 65 confirmed and probable vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in MI, including this death. So far all of them have been in the lower peninsula.

Kentucky has had its first "probable" vaping-related death, public health officials announced Friday.

The death is the third in MI, following one on October 2, 2019 and one on November 26, 2019.

And those affected are between the age of 15-67 years old. Moreover, no single product or brand has been identified as a sole culprit.

The state halted the sale of THC vaping products containing Vitamin E acetate in November. Additionally, people should not add any other substances not intended by the manufacturer to products, including products purchased through retail establishments.

MDHHS recommends people not use THC vaping products, particularly from informal sources like friends or online sellers.

The state offers several services to help adults and teenagers stop using tobacco products. E-cigarettes are not FDA approved as a smoking cessation device.

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