Illinois officials have linked a death to a lung illness caused by vaping, making it the first of its kind!
On Friday, officials in Illinois say that one person has died from the use of an e-cigarette after being hospitalized for a lung illness. This is the first reported death in relations to vaping.
The person who died has not been identified, but reports say that it was an adult. In investigating the main cause of death, officials were not able to provide information about what device or product had been used.
An investigation is now underway as state and federal health officials say there are at least 193 cases in 22 states that resemble this illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the statistics that come from vaping e-cigs are in the teen and young adult age range. About 22 people ages 17 to 38, have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping reports say.
Symptoms of this illness include but are not limited to cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, while some experience vomiting and diarrhea.
As of now, there is no word yet on if the illness is associated with the e-cigarette devices themselves, or with specific ingredients or contaminants inhaled through them.
In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to the CDC.
As more information is released about this case, we will keep you updated!