First death caused by vaping reported in Massachusetts
BOSTON (WLNE) – Massachusetts health officials are confirming that a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County has died from a vaping-associated injury.
This is state's first death from a vaping-associated injury.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) said she was among the 121 suspected reports that have been reported since Sept. 11.
On Sept. 11 Massachusetts began mandating that clinicians immediately report any unexplained vaping-associated lung injury to the department, the DPH said in a statement.
According to DPH, 9 cases have been confirmed and 10 are probable for meeting the CDC’s definition of "vaping-associated lung injury," nearly double the number of cases DPH reported a week ago to the CDC.
At least 39 reports are for patients who have been ruled out as having vaping-associated lung injury, according to DPH.
As of Oct. 1, a total of 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette or vaping products have been reported to the CDC from 48 states and 1 U.S. territory. Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states, not including the Massachusetts death reported today, according to DPH.
On Sept. 24 a public health emergency and a four-month statewide ban on sales was declared by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.