Health Authority Investigating What Could Be Oregon's 1st Vaping-Related Death

More than 200 vaping-related pulmonary illnesses cases have been reported across the country since the beginning of the year including in Louisiana. Now state health officials are urging healthcare providers to ask their patients about use and symptoms

More than 200 vaping-related pulmonary illnesses cases have been reported across the country since the beginning of the year including in Louisiana. Now state health officials are urging healthcare providers to ask their patients about use and symptoms

The local injuries occurred as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food & Drug Administration investigate more than 200 cases of lung illness tied to vaping in numerous states.

Summit County Public Health (SCPH) is asking residents to stop vaping. "We recommend that individuals do not vape", said Dr. Mark Hurst, Medical Director of Health at ODH.

According to a release by NDHHS, healthcare providers are being asked to consider vaping-related illness in a patient presenting with respiratory symptoms and a history of vaping.

State health officials in Oregon have now linked the death of man in July to a severe respiratory illness believed to be caused by an e-cigarette, according to a statement from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released on Tuesday.

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"We're now doing a lot of work to reach out to clinicians, hospitals and our tribal health partners, and let them know how to report these cases to us", she said.

"We would like them to do more research before saying all vaping is bad", said Randy Burch, the owner of Euphoria Vapor.

Thomas said it's not news to the authority that e-cigarettes can pose health issues.

Burch points to black market cartridges being bought and sold on the street as the problem because he said it's unknown what is in the cartridges sold illegally and those cartridges are not regulated. At least one person has died so far.

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