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Clark County records first vaping lung injury

Clark County has its first reported vaping-associated lung injury.

Clark County Public Health announced the injury through a news release Thursday afternoon. A woman in her 40s was hospitalized due to the lung injury and is recovering, according to the news release. A local medical provider reported the injury to Public Health.

The woman has used both nicotine and THC vaping products, which were purchased at local licensed retailers.

As of Dec. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked more than 2,400 hospitalized cases of vaping-associated lung injury as well as 52 deaths. Twenty-one cases in nine Washington counties have reported a case. The CDC still hasn’t identified one brand or ingredient as the source of the injuries, but it has discovered that Vitamin E acetate is a chemical of concern among people with the lung injury, according to the news release.

“We still don’t know what is causing this outbreak, and there may be more than one cause,” Clark County Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said in the release. “People should not use any vapor products.”

Those who need help quitting tobacco or vaping products should contact their primary care provider or call the Washington Tobacco Quitline, 800.QUIT.NOW, for access to safe, evidence-based treatments. The Washington State Department of Health also offers free cellphone apps for those interested in quitting vaping or tobacco.

Those who continue to use vapor products should monitor themselves for symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath and chest pain, and promptly seek medical attention if they have concerns about their health.


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