First-Ever Vaping Death Reported In Georgia

First-Ever Vaping Death Reported In Georgia
One person has died in Georgia from a vaping-related illness. (Shutterstock)

State officials have identified nine cases of vaping-associated illness in Georgia.

ATLANTA — The first death in Georgia ever to be tied to a vaping-related illness has been reported. On Wednesday, the state department of public health said the victim had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no history of vaping THC. State officials have identified nine cases, including the death, of vaping-associated illness in Georgia, and said other possible cases are being reviewed.All of the patients were hospitalized and developed pneumonia. The cases ranged in age from 18 to 68 years, and 78% of the patients are male.

State officials said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with states to investigate more than 500 cases of vaping-associated illness. No specific e-cigarette device or substance has been linked to all cases. Most patients have reported a history of using vaping products containing THC. Many patients have reported using THC and nicotine. Some have reported the use of e-cigarette products containing only nicotine.

Without knowing the specific cause of the vaping-associated illness, health officials said discontinuing use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices is the best prevention against becoming ill.

Symptoms of vaping-associated illness, which worsen over time, include cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. People with a history of vaping who are experiencing breathing problems or any of these symptoms should seek medical care.

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