State investigating Denver-area teen’s death that could be vaping-related

Grant Boone
October 25, 2019

A CDC spokeswoman said reporting delays could be one explanation.

The DPH also announced the creation of a weekly report that tracks vaping illness statistics in the state. Two people reported using a combination of nicotine and THC-vaping products.

In Canada, as of October 17, there are five confirmed or probable cases of severe lung illness related to vaping: two confirmed cases in Quebec, two probable in New Brunswick and one probable in British Columbia.

Health officials say of the 46 cases, 19 reported vaping only tetrahydrocannabinol; 12 reported vaping THC and nicotine; and 11 reported vaping nicotine only. We now have a number of cases under investigation, including one death. Twenty-seven of the patients were female and 19 were male; and 40 were hospitalized from their illness.

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The District of Columbia Department of Health on Thursday confirmed the district's first vaping-related death, bringing the U.S. total to 35.

Most who got sick in the US said they vaped products containing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana.

With regard to age, 21 patients were under age 30; 14 were between the ages of 30 and 49; and 11 were age 50 or above, health officials said.

On Sept. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a public health emergency and a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products in MA.

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