A sixth death in the United States has been linked to vaping, officials announced Tuesday.
An unidentified Kansas resident, over the age of 50 and with a history of underlying health issues, died from a “vaping-related lung disease” after being hospitalized with rapidly progressing symptoms, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
It’s unclear what vaping or e-cigarette products the person had been using.
"It is time to stop vaping.” Kansas State Health Officer and Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Dr. Lee Norman said in a statement. “If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop. The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify. I’m extremely alarmed for the health and safety of Kansans who are using vaping products and urge them to stop until we can determine the cause of vaping related lung injuries and death.”
Gov. Laura Kelly wished “sympathies...to the family of the person who died” and urged Kansas to be careful.
Five other vaping-related deaths have been reported, one in each of California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon. Almost 500 cases of vaping-related respiratory illnesses are being investigated.
Patients have reported symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and chest pain.