ATLANTA, Ga (WSAV/AP) – The Georgia Department of Public Health issued a public health advisory on the risks of vaping and use of e-cigarettes following confirmation of Georgia’s second vaping-associated death.
The Georgia Department of Public Health said in a news release Wednesday the person died after being hospitalized for lung injury and had a history of nicotine vaping. No other details were given.
Health officials say there have been 14 cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping in Georgia, including the two deaths. Another 20 possible cases are under review.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating reports of more than 1,000 illnesses nationwide linked to vaping, including at least 18 deaths.
Gov. Brian Kemp joined Georgia health officials in urging people to stop using e-cigarettes and other vaping devices while the outbreak is being investigated.