Two more vaping-related deaths reported

ST. PAUL– State health officials have confirmed two more deaths related to vaping.

According to a release, Minnesota’s first vaping-related death was reported in early September, and the two latest deaths involved people over the age of 50.

Both died in September following their hospital stays, with both being admitted for difficulties breathing.

The first patient vaped a number of products including illegal THC, and the second had severe underlying conditions and believed to have vaped unknown products in addition to nicotine.

To date, there have been 73 patients classified as confirmed or probable cases of severe lung injuries associated with vaping, with an additional 32 patients in review.

Nearly all reported cases involved illegal THC products.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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