Second vaping-related death reported in Missouri

8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, November 14 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:14:00 PM CST November 14, 2019 in News
Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
By: Madilyn Schott, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY — Thursday state officials announced a second vaping-related death in Missouri.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced the woman was in her mid-50s. DHSS officials said her death is associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products, based on discussion with the woman's doctors.

"Sadly, we report the tragic impact e-cigarettes have had on another Missourian, and we send our condolences to her family," said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS director said in a press release.

The press release said the woman was previously experiencing a long-standing underlying chronic lung condition. The lung illness is likely associated with a chemical exposure from vaping.

Physicians have been advised by Missouri DHSS to report possible lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes or vaping since late August. This has led to 35 cases confirmed or deemed probable of being associated with vaping products throughout the state of Missouri.

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