Florida state health officials have reported the first death linked to Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping.

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Health officials offered no information concerning the case but did note that 27 vaping illnesses have been reported through Sep. 24.

There are 805 lung injury cases reported from 46 states and 1 U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states.

The Florida Department of Health is responding to this emerging public health issue with the following activities:

  • Coordinating with the CDC and FDA to develop a disease case definition and to report cases of illness to the CDC to be part of the national investigation;
  • Working with county health departments and clinicians to identify and investigate reports of lung disease associated with electronic cigarette or vaping use; and,
  • Monitoring and conducting surveillance of lung disease that is associated with electronic cigarette or vaping use.

Until we know more, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products.