Vaping Illness Claims Another Life in the San Joaquin Valley

Another vaping-related death has occurred — this time in Tulare County, California.

"The Tulare County Public Health Officer is confirming that an individual from Tulare County has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes and is warning community members about the dangerous effects of using electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes," Tulare's HHSA tweeted on Monday.

Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught said the death resulted from severe pulomnary injury in a patient over 40 years old. She issued a new warning to residents. 

“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.”

This is the seventh death stemming from the mysterious illness. It was revealed just hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an impending crackdown on illicit vaping products and a $20 million public awareness campaign.


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