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Texas teen, 15, becomes youngest vaping-related fatality in US - WFTV Orlando

Texas teen, 15, becomes youngest vaping-related death in U.S.

By: Kelli Dugan, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Updated: January 12, 2020 - 11:12 AM

DALLAS — A 15-year-old Texas resident has become the nation’s youngest vaping-related fatality, health officials confirmed Thursday.

Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, called the death of the teenager “tragic” and cautioned the public against even passing use of vaping products, Fox News reported.

“We are seeing that severe lung damage, and even death, can occur with just short-term use of these products,” Huang said in a statement.

OUTBREAK UPDATE: As of 1/7, 2,602 cases of hospitalized e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury or deaths have been reported from all 50 states, DC, & 2 US territories (Puerto Rico & USVI). 57 deaths were confirmed in 27 states & DC.

— Dr. Robert R. Redfield (@CDCDirector) January 10, 2020

According to the CDC’s data, the deceased have ranged in age from 15 to 75.

Although the Texas teenager has not been identified publicly, Dallas County health officials reported on New Year’s Eve the death of a minor with a “chronic underlying medical condition,” CNN reported.

Stock photo of a vape pen.

Stock photo of a vape pen. (Lindsay Fox/Pixabay)

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