A man poses for a picture as he vapers in an e-shop on February 1, 2019.
Daniel Becerril | Reuters
A Californian person died of a lung-related lung disease that left at least seven people dead and hundreds of them ill.
The patient died of "complications associated with the use of e-cigarettes," according to a press release from the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency in central California. No identifying information was provided about the patient.
"We are saddened to report that a Tulare County resident who is believed to have suffered a severe lung injury related to Vaping died," Karen Haught, Public Health Officer of Tulare County, said in a statement.
The latest victim brings the death toll from the mysterious disease to seven. Doctors say it's similar to lipoid pneumonia, a type of pneumonia that occurs when oil enters the lungs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently investigating 380 confirmed and probable cases.
Health officials in Kansas last week reported the death of a man over 50 years of age with underlying health problems, but many of the cases occurred in young people who were otherwise healthy. Of the 53 patients studied in Illinois and Wisconsin, the average age was 1
In many cases, patients vaporized both nicotine and THC, the marijuana compound that produces a high, complicated effort to identify a culprit. Nevertheless, the outbreak has exacerbated the control over vaporizing and has led the legislature to demand a stricter regulation of e-cigarettes.
President Donald Trump said last week that his government would move forward to conquer the flavored e-cigarette market to reshape the industry.