Vaping Likely Caused Marin Woman's Death

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November 13, 2019 - 3:58 pm
 Christopher Chin blows vapor from an e-cigarette at Gone With the Smoke Vapor Lounge on May 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

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A Marin County woman has died, marking the first death in the county suspected to be caused by severe lung injury associated with vaping, according to health officials.

Marin County health officials say the woman, who was in her 40s, was previously healthy and started vaping about six months ago. 

Officials are working with the California Department of Public Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the specific products that may have contributed to the fatality. 

This is the fourth vaping-associated death in California since July. Last week, the CDC reported 39 deaths nationally and more than 2,000 suspected cases associated with vaping. 

Marin County Public Health issued a warning in September, recommending that residents cease e-cigarette use and vaping until the cause of the outbreak is known. Many Marin County cities and towns have banned the sale of flavored tobacco beginning in January 2020.

The CDC said Vitamin E acetate is a likely contributor in some cases of vaping related injuries, but the cause is still unknown.