Health officials report Oklahoma’s first vaping illness


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the first case of vaping related lung illness has been confirmed in the state.

Department spokeswoman Jamie Dukes said Thursday only that the patient is a Tulsa County resident under age 18.

Dukes says state health officials earlier this month asked health care providers to report any cases of severe pulmonary disease of unknown origin and a history of recent e-cigarette use or vaping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday 12 deaths and 805 confirmed and probable cases have now been reported nationwide.

Most patients have said they vaped products containing THC, which gives marijuana its high, but some patients say they vaped only nicotine. Officials are advising people to avoid any vaping product until the cause is better understood.

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