Health department reports two more deaths related to vaping in Indiana
Two Hoosiers have died as a result of severe lung injuries linked to the use of e-cigarettes, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The two additional deaths brings the state's total vaping related deaths to three since September 6.
The deaths were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
“These deaths are heartbreaking,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “I urge anyone who is using these products to consider stopping, especially if you are vaping THC.”
The state is investigating 75 cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping. Most of the cases involve people between the ages of 16 and 29.
While most patients reported vaping THC, some have reported vaping only nicotine.
If you use e-cigarettes and experience the following symptoms, please contact your health care provider.
- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Fatigue, fever or abdominal pain