By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh

The Oregonian

Kansas notes death linked to vaping

Kansas health officials confirmed the first death in the state Tuesday associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes. It is at least the sixth such death reported nationwide. The Kansas resident was over 50 and had a history of underlying health issues, state health officials said in a news release. The person was hospitalized “with symptoms that progressed rapidly.” Kansas officials said they do not have detailed information on what types of products were used by the patient.

Idaho confirms 2 cases of illness

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday that two people in Idaho have developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the two patients, one a minor and the other a young adult, were hospitalized for a time but are now recovering at home. Three more suspected cases were being investigated, said department spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr, who also said officials expected that number to increase.

— Bulletin wire reports

A second Oregon resident received medical treatment for severe lung disease linked to vaping, state officials said Tuesday, marking the latest in a growing national health scare. The individual did not die from the illness, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which provided no other details about the person or where he or she was treated.

The reported case comes a week after state health officials announced that a middle-age Oregonian died from a respiratory illness tied to vaping cannabis, one of six such fatal incidents documented around the country.

At least 450 people in 33 states have been sickened by a severe lung illness after vaping nicotine or cannabis-related products, according to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.

Oregon health investigators believe the person in the state’s fatal case purchased cannabis oil from two marijuana retail shops. They are now trying to find leftover product to analyze, state officials said.

Still, experts don’t know what’s causing the illnesses.

“Consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores,” the Federal Drug Administration said in a statement last week.