Galveston County Confirms First Vaping Related Death

Kelli Wiese
January 06, 2020 - 3:28 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - Galveston County, Texas is dealing with its first death connected with E-cigarettes or vaping.  The Galveston County Health District confirms the woman was in her 30's. She passed away on Dec. 29, 2019 at a  hospital.

Dr. Philip Keiser is the Galveston County local health authority. Dr. Keiser says, "We want people to be aware of the fact that this is for real. Particularly, with younger people, there's this sense of immortality and that bad things can't happen to them.

But, this was a relatively young woman in her 30's and she ultimately died from this." Since January 3rd, the health district has received four other confirmed cases of patients hospitalized for lung illnesses likely associated with e-cigarettes or vaping.

The Galveston County Health District says adults who continue to use an e-cigarette or vaping, products should carefully monitor themselves for symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, chills or weight loss.

Those who do experience symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

The Galveston County Health District also says the CDC advises: E-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant.

Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products. There is no safe tobacco product. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, carry a risk.

THC use has been associated with a wide range of health effects, particularly with prolonged frequent use. The best way to avoid potentially harmful effects is to not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.