Washington man sues over vaping-related sickness


More than 500 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported in the US

File – In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Oregon’s public health physician said Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, that a person who contracted a severe respiratory illness and died after using an e-cigarette had purchased a vaping device containing marijuana oil at a state-legal dispensary. The death is the second linked by public health officials nationwide to vaping and the first linked to an e-cigarette purchased at a dispensary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A Pierce County, Washington, man is suing the makers of vape pods and vape pens claiming the products left him wheezing, breathless and hospitalized earlier this month.

His attorney, Mark Lindquist, says it’s the first lawsuit involving vaping products in Washington.

KOMO reports that Puyallup Tribal Police Officer Charles Wilcoxen says marijuana-laced pods gave him lipoid pneumonia. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital Sept. 11 when the wheezing became especially severe. After tests, doctors gave him the diagnosis.

Wilcoxen said he started vaping about 18 months ago to ease back pain, stress and to help him sleep.

More than 500 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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