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Vaping epidemic: One reported death in FL in past year, and dozens of injuries

By: - November 26, 2019 3:33 pm

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A vaping crisis in Florida and elsewhere has caused national concern over health-related illnesses and deaths.

And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] is partnering with state agencies and health departments to probe reported cases of lung injury or diseases associated with e-cigarette use, also known as vaping.

Florida has reported 99 cases of lung injuries from Jan. 1 to Nov. 23, according to the Florida Department of Health. The agency also reported one death.

A variety of symptoms surrounding lung injuries are attached to vaping use, with some developing rapidly and others over several weeks, according to CDC’s website.

The symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath or chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea, fever, chills, or weight loss.

The Florida Phoenix reached out to an official from the Florida Department of Health about more details regarding the reported death in Florida due to e-cigarette use or vaping, but the agency declined to comment, citing health laws related to privacy.

Brad Dalton, press secretary for the Department of Health, said in an email that the agency is “coordinating with the CDC and FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to develop a disease case definition and to report cases of illness to the CDC to be part of the national investigation.”

While the CDC hasn’t been able to identify the exact cause yet, all the reported cases have been linked to e-cigarette use, according to the state health department.

“More information is needed to conclusively determine the cause,” Dalton said in an email. “The CDC and Food and Drug Administration [FDA] are gathering information on the products and/or substances used.”

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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.