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State of Illinois Announces Death Linked to Vaping; Warns of Respiratory Illnesses

August 2019

The State of Illinois has announced the death of an individual who was hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness after vaping. This comes after a public health warning earlier this month about 22 people ranging in age from 17-38 who were hospitalized with respiratory illness after vaping nicotine or THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) also reported that it is trying to track down the source of these illnesses, working with local health departments, other state health departments, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the names and types of e-cigarettes, vaping products, and devices, as well as where they were obtained. IDPH urges anyone experiencing chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping or using e-cigarettes seek immediate medical attention, and encourages health care providers who see patients with these pulmonary symptoms to ask about their vaping history.