Death connected to vaping-related lung illness reported in Connecticut, DPH


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Department of Public Health reported the first death in the state associated with the national outbreak of lung injuries related to vaping Thursday.

DPH reports that the Connecticut patient was between 30-39 years old, and died last week while hospitalized for multiple conditions.

The DPH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with health departments to find the cause of these injuries and to educate the public “by providing the information needed to mitigate the risk of illness and death.”

The DPH reports that, in addition to the patient who died Thursday, there are six more CT residents who are ill with lung injuries possibly related to using e-cigarettes or vaping.

Senator Richard Blumenthal issued the following statement:

The vaping epidemic has now hit home – tragically. This epidemic now exploding in force has turned deadly here. Everyday teens are starting lifetimes of addiction and disease, thinking vaping is harmless. As I have warned repeatedly over years, e-cigarettes deliver powerfully addictive nicotine, dangerous chemicals, and unknown poisons. The FDA must act before there are more deaths and more lives put in peril. It should ban flavors immediately, and take other necessary long overdue steps.

He will be holding a roundtable conversation with students at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro released a statement Thursday night announcing a Congressional vaping hearing after the news broke of the first vaping-related death in CT.

“The news of Connecticut’s first known vaping-related death is heartbreaking-all the more because it was entirely preventable. For years, the FDA has abdicated their regulatory responsibility by allowing dangerous e-cigarette products to remain on the market without any review of their health effects. Their job is to protect the public’s health, and there is no greater failure than today’s tragic news. FDA needs to take these products off the market immediately.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

DeLauro, who is Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that she will be holding a hearing on Oct. 16, 2019, to examine the increasing risk of e-cigarette use on public health.

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