California announces latest vaping death

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a person who recently vaped died after being hospitalized with "severe respiratory illness." (AP/Steven Senne)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/WTHR) — Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes.

The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to spend $20 million on raising awareness about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis.

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency did not release any identifying information about the victim in a release — only that the person lived in Tulare County.

"The Tulare County Public Health Branch would like to warn all residents that any use of e-cigarettes poses a possible risk to the health of the lungs and can potentially cause severe lung injury that may even lead to death," Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught said in the release.

The California resident is the latest in a string of vaping-related deaths across the country in recent weeks.

Officials announced Indiana's first vaping-related death Sept. 6. There have been others in Oregon, Illinois and Minnesota.

The CDC has found similarities in illnesses among people who vape. While they have not identified any infectious diseases, they are leaving "no stone unturned in following any potential leads" to figure out what exactly is causing the illnesses.

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