2 new vaping deaths reported in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting two more Hoosiers have died of severe lung injuries linked to a history of e-cigarette use, or “vaping.” This brings the total number of vaping-related deaths in Indiana to three since Sept. 6.

The deaths occurred in adults and were confirmed today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No additional details about the patients will be provided due to privacy laws.

“These deaths are heartbreaking,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box. “I urge anyone who is using these products to consider stopping, especially if you are vaping THC.”

Indiana is investigating 75 cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping, a total that has doubled in the past month. The majority of the cases have occurred among individuals ages 16 to 29.

While most individuals have reported vaping THC, the ingredient found in marijuana, some individuals have reported vaping only nicotine. The Indiana State Department of Health said it continues to work with local and federal partners to gather information and learn more about potential causes of these lung injuries.

Symptoms can include:

n Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain

n Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

n Fatigue, fever or abdominal pain

Anyone who has used an e-cigarette in the last 90 days who is experiencing these symptoms should stop vaping immediately and visit their health care provider, the state said.

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