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Georgia: state's 1st death from vaping-related illness

A local vape shop owner believes illegal THC cartridges are the ones hurting people because of  harmful ingredients. (WJHG/WECP)
A local vape shop owner believes illegal THC cartridges are the ones hurting people because of harmful ingredients. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Sep. 25, 2019 at 4:44 PM EDT
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By: Associated Press

September 25, 2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia's Department of Public Health reports the state's first death from illness associated with e-cigarettes. A news release says the patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping but none of vaping THC.

The statement says the patient who died was among nine identified cases of vaping-related illness in Georgia, and other possible cases are being reviewed.

The department says all had pneumonia without any known infectious cause. The patients were 18 to 68 years old with an average age of 26 years. They include seven males.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 500 confirmed and probable cases of lung illnesses and nine other deaths nationwide have been attributed to vaping.

The CDC has not identified a common product or ingredient responsible for the illnesses.

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