Death Linked To Vaping In Tulare County

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September 17, 2019 - 9:53 am

A San Joaquin Valley resident has died from health complications associated with vaping, officials in Tulare County said Monday. 

Hours before the death was announced by Tulare's health department, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would spend $20 million to raise awareness among teens about the dangers of e-cigarette. Newsom also directed regulators to find ways to restrict illegal and counterfeit vaping products. 

Few details were released about the patient who died from vaping, but the Los Angeles Times reported that the deceased was older than 40 and and quoted an official who said the death was "'suspected to be related to severe pulmonary injury associated with vaping.'"

There have been three reports of vaping-related pulmonary illnesses in Tulare County in the Central Valley. 

In nearby Kings County, seven people have been hospitalized recently after they'd vaped either cannabis or CBD oils from cartridges purchased at temporary "pop-up" shops.