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Virginia Department of Health Confirms First Vaping Death in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health has just confirmed the first death of a Virginia resident due to the use of E-cigarettes or “vaping.”  

VDH says the death was reported last week by a North Carolina hospital.

"I can tell you the person was an adult from the Southwest Region of our state," said  Dr. Lillian Peake, Virginia Department of Health. "So this case is associated with a multi-state outbreak where there have been over 800 cases."

Thirteen of them have been fatal.

"And we do not know the specific cause of these injuries.  The information at this time does point to some type of chemical exposure and does not look like an infectious disease."

Purchasing vaping material is illegal under the age of 21, but she says 87 percent of Virginia’s cases have been among the ages 18-34, 74% male and there have been cases in every region of the state.

"So right now, based on that information, the safest option is not vaping."

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