First vaping-related death in Alabama confirmed

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- The Alabama Department of Public Health says it has confirmed the state’s first death from a vaping-related illness. While the victim’s name has not been released, ADPH said the man was from east Alabama.

The death comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping. The CDC is looking at more than 805 lung injury cases in 46 states and 1 U.S. territory.

So far, there have been 12 deaths confirmed in 10 states, though Alabama’s death is not included in that number.

As of Tuesday, ADPH says there were 19 Alabama residents under investigation. Of those reports, four cases have been identified and nine other reports are still under investigation. Three have been identified as probable cases while the man who died is the one confirmed case of lung disease associated with vaping.

ADPH said national counts will be updated on Thursday.

“The use of any tobacco product is unsafe," said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris who added, "while this current outbreak is being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using any e-cigarette or vape product. Furthermore, there is no situation in which these devices should be used by pregnant women or youths.”

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