Health officials report first death linked to vaping in Tennessee

The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a report this week calling the products an emerging public health threat to young people.

The Tennessee Department of Health has reported the first death in the state associated with the use of electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. Officials said the patient in Nashville had a serious respiratory disease linked to vaping.

There have been 53 cases reported in Tennessee. Most of the patients are adolescents and young adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes or vape.

The Department of Health said as of last week, there have been 1,299 cases reported in 49 states, including 26 deaths.

Patients associated with this outbreak have had symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and/or chest pain, growing worse over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms may include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. All patients have reported using e-cigarette or vaping products. At this time, no single product or substance has been linked to all the lung injury cases and the specific chemical or ingredient causing these injuries remains unknown. In many but not all cases, patients have acknowledged recent use of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC-containing e-cigarette products.

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