There Are Now 6 Cases Of Vaping-Linked Illnesses In Colorado

September 18, 2019
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In this April 16, 2019, file photo, a researcher holds vape pens in a lab at Portland State University in in Portland, Ore.

Colorado now has six cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping. 

The state Department of Public Health and Environment said those cases have led to four hospitalizations. Three involved nicotine, two involved marijuana and one involved both. No one in Colorado has died.

As of last week, there have been 380 cases reported from 36 states and one U.S. territory from the illness. Seven people have died.

The state health department said the best way to protect against vaping-related illness is to stop vaping. 

“Our advice has not changed. We want people to quit vaping until we have a clear understanding of what is causing this illness,” said Dr. Daniel Shodell, deputy director of disease control and environmental epidemiology at the agency.

Boulder reported two cases, with one case each in Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson and Weld counties. Four patients are male and two are female. The median age is 18.

People who do vape should watch out for symptoms like shortness of breath, trouble breathing, chest pain, cough, fatigue and fever.

The health department advises people to not buy vaping products off the street, modify vaping products or add any substances. Officials also encourage parents to talk to their kids, especially teens, about the risks and dangers of vaping.