(Reuters) – A Los Angeles County resident has died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, bringing the total number of such U.S. deaths to five, health officials said on Friday.
Officials are warning against e-cigarette use as the exact cause of any link between vaping and the lung condition remains unknown.
The unidentified person was described as an older adult who had chronic underlying health conditions and was one of 12 cases of people in Los Angeles County experiencing severe and sudden lung disease after a history of vaping, said Muntu Davis, the heath officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“Our recommendation … is that if you don’t have to vape, don’t do it right now. There really is a lot of unknowns. There is a lot of information that needs to be gathered,” he said during a news conference.
Deaths have also been confirmed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on…
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