CLOSINGS: View Closings

Two more vaping deaths reported in Minnesota

Both were over 50 and died in September.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 12:49 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 5:51 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials are reporting the state's second and third deaths due to lung illnesses caused by vaping.

The Department of Health said Wednesday both deaths involved people over age 50 who died in September after complicated hospitalizations. One had vaped several products including THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high.

The other patient had vaped unknown products in addition to nicotine.

Minnesota has 73 people with confirmed or probable cases of lung illness due to vaping, and almost all had frequently vaped illegal cannabis products. Health officials have warned against vaping the products, which can be counterfeit.

The Centers for Disease Control said earlier this week at least 26 people have died nationally from vaping-related illnesses, and it's warned against any use of vaping products.

Laci Majorins is a respiratory specialist for a VA in the midwest. She says when it comes to vaping she's seen people from ages 18 to 98 doing it. She says one reason why people are hooked is they have the idea that vaping is a good alternative to smoking cigarettes. She warns the scary thing is we don't know much about vaping at all and it can be just as addicting.

"I've seen a lot of patients say they were going to quit smoking so they switched to vaping and you're just sitting inside and doing it all the time you're vaping more than you were smoking, to begin with, "Majorins said.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 11°
Albert Lea
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 16°
Austin
Overcast
28° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 21°
Charles City
Overcast
27° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 14°
Rochester
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 14°
Lovely weekend ahead
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Coronas Tacos Undaunted by Name

Image

FEMA suggests only buying groceries for a week

Image

Rochester Fire Department using PPE

Image

Takeout liquor is just a call away in Iowa

Image

A closer look at the CDC recommendation to wear a mask

Image

Stewartville first responder suspension

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast

Image

Shopping for groceries the smart way

Image

How often should you be visiting the grocery store?

Image

Gov. Walz Gives Update on Food Supply

Community Events