August 23, 2019 – An Illinois resident who was recently hospitalized for respiratory illness resulting from vaping, has died, according to public health officials. This is the first Illinois vaping death reported by officials. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported today that the individual died as a result of complications from a respiratory illness caused by vaping. At this time, it is unclear what type of vaping device resulted in the individual’s hospitalization. No personal information about the individual is being disclosed at this time, and the circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear. According to the public health officials, 22 Illinois residents, ranging age 17 to 38, have recently been hospitalized for injuries resulting from vaping; these injuries include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. According to the IDPH, the number of Illinois residents hospitalized for vaping has doubled in the last week alone. This is the first Illinois vaping death reported. The IDPH is currently investigating 12 additional cases of hospitalization that may be linked to vaping. “The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the incident. Ezike said that the IDPH is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health departments, officials from other states, and the FDA to address the increase of vaping related hospitalizations across Illinois. It is currently unclear whether the hospitalized victims are suffering from one common disease or multiple diseases with similar symptoms. One factor that all cases do have in common is that the injuries are a result of vaping. If you vape or use e-cigarette products, please seek medical attention right away if you being to experience chest pains, difficulty breathing, coughing, fatigue, diarrhea or vomiting. Vaping lawsuits are being filed across the U.S. for individuals injured at no fault of their own because of vaping. If you or a loved one has suffered a vaping-related injury, contact TorHoerman Law for a free no-obligation case consultation to determine whether you qualify for an e-cigarette lawsuit or Juul lawsuit.
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