Yakima Health District confirms second lung injury related to vaping

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YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima Health District confirmed a second lung injury in Yakima County related to vaping, officials announced Tuesday.

The case is part of a national outbreak and local officials say they’re working closely with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) as well as national health officials.

Currently, the Department of Health are investigating 22 cases of lung injury related to vaping in Washington state, the health district said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 2,602 cases, including 57 deaths.

“We know e-cigarettes and vapor products are not safe and we urge people who don’t currently use them not to start,” said Dr. Teresa Everson, health officer for Yakima County. “Youth and pregnant or breastfeeding women should never use them. If you continue vaping, monitor yourself for symptoms and seek medical care immediately if you have concerns about your health.”

The only commonality among all cases nationally is that patients use e-cigarettes or vapor products. CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with vaping associated lung injury, but does not know enough yet to rule out other possible causes.

“There’s still more research to be done, and there may be more than one cause,” the health district said.