Kansas confirms state’s 1st death linked to vaping

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WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas health officials say they have confirmed the first death in the state related to an outbreak of a lung disease linked to vaping.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Tuesday the recent death involved a Kansas resident over the age of 50 who had a history of underlying health issues. The unidentified patient was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly.

Health officials said they do not have detailed information on what specific e-cigarette products were used by the deceased Kansas patient.

The state has had six reports associated to the national lung disease outbreak, including three which they believe to be confirmed or probable cases. The remaining three are still under investigation.

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman says it is time to stop vaping.

Now, six people in the United States have died after suffering from a lung-related illness linked to vaping. The first death reported of was in Illinois.

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