Louisiana has its third confirmed death from a vaping-related illness reported by more than 2,600 people across the country.
The Louisiana Department of Health on Monday confirmed the state had 35 confirmed cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury, between August and December of 2019. The patients range in age from 17-71 years old, with a median age of 30.
Louisiana has its first confirmed death from a vaping illness that has swept across the country in recent months, one of more than 40 deaths r…
Louisiana’s health agency has released little information about the patients, citing privacy concerns, but a spokeswoman said Monday the latest patient to die from the illness is from Lafayette.
In November, LDH reported it had confirmed its first death from the vaping illness, and a week later it reported a second. According to a database updated weekly, about half of patients reported using both nicotine and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, while a quarter reported using nicotine only, 20% THC only and 6% CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant.
Nationwide, 2,668 people were hospitalized from the illness as of Jan. 14th, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The agency has identified an additive called vitamin E acetate as a “chemical of concern” in the outbreak, and reported most cases are linked to products containing THC, particularly those acquired from “informal sources.” Still, the CDC said it can’t rule out other chemicals in both THC or non-THC products.
LDH has advised people not to use vaping products. The CDC recommends not using “THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers.”