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Second vaping-related death reported in Missouri

Katie Greathouse

Another person has died in Missouri after using e-cigarettes or vaping products, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

This is the second death tied to vaping reported in the state.

According to a news release, a woman in her mid-50s died this week. Health officials said that they, along with the woman's doctors, concluded vaping contributed to her death. Officials said she was experiencing a long-standing underlying chronic lung condition.

The state has discovered 35 confirmed or probable injuries since the state started requiring doctors to report possible lung injuries associated with vaping in August.

“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. “As previously stated, we encourage Missourians to follow the CDC guidance to refrain from using e-cigarette products if you are concerned about these specific health risks, especially while the investigation is ongoing.”

Officials said anyone concerned about their health after using e-cigarettes should call the local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

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Katie Greathouse is the assistant news director for ABC 17 News.


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