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ERIKA: THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONFIRMING THE STATE’S FIFTH DEATH FROM A VAPING-ASSOCIATED LUNG INJURY. THE PATIENT, A MAN IN HIS 40’S FROM SUFFOLK COUNTY, REPORTED VAPING THC, AN INGREDIENT FOUND IN MARIJUANA. THE CASE IS AMONG THE 46 CONFIRMED CASES OF E-CIGARETTE OR VAPING-ASSOCIATED LUNG INJURY THE DPH HAS REPORTED TO THE CDC SINCE SEPTEMBER 11. 81 PROBABLE CASES HAVE ALSO BEEN REPO

Person who vaped THC is state’s 5th death from vaping-related illness

A fifth person in Massachusetts has died of a vaping-associated lung injury. The patient, a man in his 40s from Suffolk County, reported vaping tetrahydrocannabinol, an ingredient found in marijuana. The case is among the 46 confirmed cases of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury, or EVALI, that the state has reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since Sept.11, 2019.Since the state began mandating the report, 127 cases of EVALI have been identified, with 46 confirmed cases and 81 probable cases reported to the CDC.“My condolences go out to the family of this patient who has died from a vaping-associated lung injury,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel. “This tragedy reminds us of the dangers of vaping and the reasons we strengthened our laws regarding vaping products.”In January, DPH reported the death of a man in his 70s from Middlesex County who reported vaping THC. In November, DPH reported the death of a man in his 50s from Worcester County who reported vaping both nicotine and THC. In October, the state reported the vaping-associated lung injury deaths of a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County and a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County, both of whom vaped nicotine.

BOSTON —

A fifth person in Massachusetts has died of a vaping-associated lung injury.

The patient, a man in his 40s from Suffolk County, reported vaping tetrahydrocannabinol, an ingredient found in marijuana. The case is among the 46 confirmed cases of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury, or EVALI, that the state has reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since Sept.11, 2019.

Since the state began mandating the report, 127 cases of EVALI have been identified, with 46 confirmed cases and 81 probable cases reported to the CDC.

“My condolences go out to the family of this patient who has died from a vaping-associated lung injury,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel. “This tragedy reminds us of the dangers of vaping and the reasons we strengthened our laws regarding vaping products.”

In January, DPH reported the death of a man in his 70s from Middlesex County who reported vaping THC. In November, DPH reported the death of a man in his 50s from Worcester County who reported vaping both nicotine and THC. In October, the state reported the vaping-associated lung injury deaths of a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County and a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County, both of whom vaped nicotine.

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