Health officials confirm second vaping- related illness death in Massachusetts

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirms a second person has died of a vaping related lung injury.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County was among 200 vaping-related lung injury patients who were reported to DPH.

In early October, DPH reported the state’s first death of a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County who also vaped nicotine.

“While we continue to work with our federal partners to investigate the cause of these vaping-associated lung injuries, we cannot at this time attribute a single substance or product to this outbreak of illness.”

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Governor Baker issued a ban on vaping products and devices on September 24 due to an increasing number of cases of severe lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes, cannabis, and nicotine vaping products in Massachusetts and nationally.

Since September 11, DPH has received 204 reports from clinicians of suspected vaping-related lung injuries. Of those reports, 20 confirmed and 41 probable cases have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Statistics

  • Of the 61 Massachusetts cases reported to the CDC, 27 are men and 34 are women
  • 51 percent of the cases include people under 30 years old
  • 30 percent of people vaped nicotine
  • 39 percent of people vaped THC
  • 25 percent of people vaped both nicotine and THC.

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