SPRINGFIELD — A fifth Illinois resident has died as a result of a vaping-related lung injury, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.
“Although the resident who recently died had been hospitalized for several weeks, we continue to see new cases reported with recent onset of lung injury,” Public Health Department Director Ngozi Ezike said in a news release. “I cannot stress enough the severity of these illnesses and the need for people not to use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC while this investigation is ongoing, especially those obtained through illicit or unregulated sources.”
A total of 187 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping, according to the Department of Public Health.
The state agency is working with local health departments to investigate another 40 possible cases in Illinois.
More than 80% of the cases in Illinois report recent use of THC-containing products, primarily obtaining them from informal sources, the Department of Public Health said.
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