First Vapeing Death Confirmed in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has confirmed the state’s first death due to vapeing. Officials say the victim who died was a man in his late 20’s. Other information is confidential to protect privacy.  Officials say health experts can’t guarantee the safety of any e-cigarette or vaping product. In addition to nicotine, which is an addictive substance and e-cigarette aerosol contains cancer-causing chemicals and ultra-fine particles that cause respiratory problems. The death was confirmed in in its weekly online update that is concerned with e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury. As of Friday, officials confirmed that here have been 48 reports of possible EVALI. DPH has been investigating reports of EVALI since September. The legal age to purchase tabbacco is now 21 with a recently enacted federal law.

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