According to a press release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a resident of the Sunflower State died from a mysterious lung disease that has been tied to vaping. The man’s death is now at least the sixth that has been attributed to an outbreak which has made hundreds of others sick.
The Kansas patient, who was more than 50 years old, was in hospital with ‘symptoms that progressed rapidly’.
As reported by The Sun, state officials have yet to clarify the exact product the man used but added the patient had a history of underlying health issues.
This comes after an LA County man died from a vaping-related illness on Saturday (September 7) – he reportedly suffered from other chronic health conditions at the time of his death.
Other deaths related to e-cigarettes have been reported in the states of Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois and Oregon, while another gentleman was placed into a medically induced coma in Utah.
Cases of respiratory illness have carried severe symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath and vomiting.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently probing 450 cases of severe pulmonary disease across 33 states to decipher the link to vaping. For example, some users have e-cigarettes with just nicotine, while others use cannabis-based products.
Of the cases, the majority have reportedly involved young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who were initially suspected to have a pneumonia-like infection.