Dept. of Public Health investigates vaping-related illnesses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health is monitoring and investigating several cases that are related to e-cigarette use or vaping.

There are 25 cases under investigation in Kentucky.

The department says the investigations are still ongoing and there is not a specific cause. All of the cases do have a history of using e-cigarette products.

According to the department, two of the cases have been ruled out, four are probable, and one case has been confirmed.

The confirmed case is a man in his early thirties and he admitted to using e-cigarettes with nicotine.

The department says there have been 18 confirmed deaths in 15 states. There’s been at least 1,080 confirmed and probable cases of vaping related illnesses in 48 states. Most of the cases are in kids and young adults.

E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a way to quit smoking. The department says about 20% of high school students have used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days.

The department says if you use e-cigarettes you should try to stop. If you have symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue you should reach out to your healthcare provider.


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