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8th Vaping-related nationwide reported

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 10:38:00-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An eight death nationwide related to vaping was reported Thursday as health concerns over the safety of electronic cigarettes continue to grow.

The Missouri Department of Heath and Human Services attributed a vaping-related lung injury to the death of a man in his 40s.

“He started out with shortness of breath and it rapidly progressed and deteriorated, developing into what is called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),” Dr. Michael Plisco, a doctor at Mercy Hospital, said. “Once the lungs are injured by vaping, we don’t know how quickly it worsens and if it depends on other risk factors.”

In Colorado, six vaping related illnesses have been reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising youth, young adults, women who are pregnant and adults who don’t currently use tobacco products to not start using e-cigarettes.