Oregonian who used e-cigarette dies from respiratory illness


More than 200 people who use vaping devices have become sick


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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An Oregonian died from a severe respiratory illness after using an e-cigarette for cannabis.

The Oregon Health Authority believes this is Oregon’s first possibly vaping-related death in a national outbreak. More than 200 people who use vaping devices have developed respiratory illness in the United States.

Most of the people affected have been teenagers or young adults who reported vaping. Officials said the Oregonian who died was a middle-aged adult.

“We don’t yet know the exact cause of these illnesses — whether they’re caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself,” public health physician Ann Thomas, M.D., said.

Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or weight loss.

If you use a vaping device and start having trouble breathing, get medical attention right away.

Resources for people who want to quit using tobacco:

  • 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), quitnow.net.
  • Español: 855-DEJELO-YA (855-335-35692), quitnow.net/oregonsp.
  • www.thisisquitting.com (quit resource for youth).

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