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Second death reported in FL linked to vaping, CDC releases new findings

By: - December 11, 2019 11:48 am

Marcela Guerra (L) and Luis Guerra purchase electronic cigarettes as they shop at the Vapor Shark store in Miami. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Shortly after the Florida Department of Health reported one death related to e-cigarette use, also known as vaping, the agency disclosed an updated report showing a second death this year.

National and state health departments launched a nationwide investigation on an outbreak of lung injuries and diseases associated with e-cigarette or vaping use.

Florida has now reported 103 cases from Jan. 1, 2019. to Dec. 7, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The first death reported was in late November. And state health officials previously told the Florida Phoenix that they can’t disclose any information about the reported death last month because of health privacy laws.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to provide frequent updates on the vaping crisis that has caused 48 deaths in 25 states including Florida, according to its website.

The CDC has released new findings on patients who have suffered from lung injuries due to vaping. In its analysis, patients have commonly reported using vaping products containing counterfeit THC. THC is the main psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

“Dank Vapes, a class of largely counterfeit THC-containing products of unknown origin, was the most commonly reported product brand used by patients nationwide, although there are regional differences,” CDC says on its website.

The CDC gave a recommendation on its website: “CDC recommends that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers.”

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Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.