Marijuana e-cigarette tied to Oregon’s 1st suspected vaping death, officials say

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A death in Oregon that may be linked to vaping would be the state’s first fatality in what health officials described as a “national outbreak” of severe lung illnesses.

The person died of a severe respiratory illness in July after using an e-cigarette vaping device that burned cannabis, Oregon Health Authority officials said in a news release Tuesday.

Officials said the symptoms of the person who died “were consistent with those of more than 200 similar cases in a national cluster of respiratory illness, mostly affecting teenagers and young adults, in at least 25 states.” Doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms of severe respiratory illness in patients who vape, health officials advised.

“We don’t yet know the exact cause of these illnesses — whether they’re caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself,” Dr. Ann Thomas, public

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