vaping illness

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The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed this week the third death in the state due to vaping-associated lung illness or EVALI. More than 1,600 people have been sickened nationwide and the Atlanta-based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention continues to investigate both legal and illegal vaping products.

But vaping advocates such as Amy Mohon of Marietta believe it's not the flavors in the e-juice making people sick. She and her husband, Tony Spivey, gave up traditional cigarettes more than two years ago in favor of vapor.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued a health advisory following the death of a second person here in Georgia connected to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. That person had a history of nicotine vaping and DPH does not yet know whether other substances were used.

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So far, 18 people have died, including one Georgian, and more than 1,000 people have been suddenly sickened with severe lung illness related to using electronic cigarettes, health officials say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Principal Deputy Secretary Dr. Anne Schuchat said during the Oct. 3 update that the latest numbers indicate the problem is only growing worse. 

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As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health organizations around the nation continue to investigate illnesses related to vaping, Phillip Morris International is introducing a new way to use tobacco.

The company chose Atlanta for its Friday launch months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized IQOS for sale in the United States.


A Georgia man has died of lung illness related to vaping nicotine, the Georgia Department of Public Health said Wednesday. His is one of nine cases the state is investigating.

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Last week, the FDA disclosed a criminal probe into electronic cigarettes as the number of vaping-related illnesses climbed. The enforcement action dovetails with an ongoing Centers For Disease Control and Prevention investigation into vaping-related illness in the U.S. 

Five hundred thirty people with a history of vaping have been diagnosed with mysterious lung injuries. Eight people have died. Five of those cases are in Georgia, with another being investigated here.

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More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses including five cases in Georgia, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday. An eighth death was also reported.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says in addition to the five confirmed cases, officials are investigating about 10 possible vaping-related illnesses.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday two cases of vaping illness have been reported in the state.

Nationwide, five people have died and more than 450 possible cases of vaping-related lung disease are being investigated by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.