The first vaping related death in Louisiana was reported Monday according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
The most recent update on November 13 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 2,172 cases of e-cigarette or vaping lung injury, also referred to as EVALI along with 42 deaths across 24 states and the District of Columbia.
The CDC also says not to use vaping products that contain THC. These products contain vitamin E acetate which the CDC has deemed “a chemical of concern.”
The LDH reports 30 EVALI related cases in Louisiana, and recommends the following to vaping users:
- Discontinue using vaping products.
- Do not purchase vaping products off the street and do not modify them or use substances not intended for use by the manufacturer.
- Youth, young adults, and pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products, should not use vaping products.
- Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using vaping products.
- Adults who are vaping should not smoke combustible cigarettes as a replacement for nicotine (e-cigarettes and other vaping devices are not FDA approved as smoking cessation tools).
- Monitor for symptoms of severe side effects if you do use vaping products. If you do develop symptoms, seek medical attention.