ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONFIRMS STATE’S FIRST VAPING-RELATED DEATH
The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed the state’s first death from a vaping-related injury after an unidentified adult male in East Alabama passed away, the department announced Wednesday.
The death comes in the midst of the Center for Disease Control’s investigation of a multistate outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The CDC is currently looking into more than 800 lung injury cases in 46 states. There were already 12 confirmed vaping-related deaths in 10 states before Alabama joined the list. Mississippi<a href=”https://www.wapt.com/article/mississippi-reports-first-vaping-related-death/29193753″> reported its first vaping-related death</a> last week.
The ADPH is urging Alabamians to avoid using e-cigarettes and vape products.
<span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>“The use of any tobacco product is unsafe. While this current outbreak is being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using any e-cigarette or vape product,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said in a press release. “Furthermore, there is no situation in which these devices should be used by pregnant women or youths.”</span>
<span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”> Free help is available for individuals who are ready to kick the tobacco habit at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or <a href=”http://quitnowalabama.com/”>quitnowalabama.com.</a></span>
Additional information on vaping and e-cigarettes can be found <a href=”https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm”>here.</a>