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Second vaping-related death confirmed in Tennessee

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 16:47:24-04

(WTVF) — A second person in Tennessee has died after suffering from a vaping-associated pulmonary illness.

The Tennessee Department of Health said 57 lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette use or vaping have been reported.

On October 17, a 26-year-old Nashville man was the first to die of such illness in the state.

It is not yet known if either person purchased their vaping device of the streets or in a store.

TDH said data suggests products containing THC are linked to most cases of the major outbreak. Of these products, many were obtained off the street or from other informal sources.

Of the 57 reported illnesses in Tennessee, 68 percent of the patients are male. The average age of patients in the state is 24 years old, but the ages range from 15 to 56 years old. THD said 79 percent of the patients are under 35.

Patients reported symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue growing worse over a period of days or weeks. Symptoms can also include fever, chest pain, nausea abdominal pain and diarrhea.