3 People In Va. Fall Ill After Using E-Cigarettes

August 27, 2019
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Three people in Virginia have suffered from “severe lung illness” after using e-cigarettes, prompting health officials to remind parents of the dangers such devices pose as students return to school. 

As of Aug. 22, 193 potential cases were reported in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. All patients involved reported vaping before getting sick. 

The first death to be associated with vaping was reported last week in Illinois. 

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students since 2014, the Virginia Department of Health said. 

“While all forms of tobacco use cause disease and death, recently a new danger has been linked to ‘vaping’ or ‘dabbing,’” the department said in a news release. 

Symptoms of illness associated with e-cigarette use include a cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.  

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