Colorado Department of Health investigating first possible vaping-related death


That brings the full variety of MA circumstances reported to the CDC by Wednesday to 46 - 16 confirmed and 30 possible. The sales ban applies to all online and retail vaping devices and products, including those containing nicotine or cannabis.

Health officials have asked anyone who has had a lung illness since June 1 to contact their doctor as the medical and health communities try and identify more cases and the root causes.

The DPH also announced the creation of a weekly report that tracks vaping illness statistics in the state.

In five cases, those affected reported using nicotine-only products, while three said they had only used THC-only vaping products.

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MA health officials have reported 17 new cases of vaping-related illnesses to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adding to the 29 cases in the state that already have been reported. Alaska is the only state without a reported case. Twenty-seven of the patients were female and 19 were male; and 40 were hospitalized from their illness.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating a teen's death that could be related to vaping.

About two thirds of the patients report vaping THC, the psychoactive compound of marijuana.

On Sept. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a public health emergency and a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products in MA.