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Amid nationwide concerns, health officials asking La. physicians to report vaping-related illnesses

2 weeks 17 hours 7 seconds ago Wednesday, September 04 2019 Sep 4, 2019 September 04, 2019 3:29 PM September 04, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health is asking for healthcare professionals within the state to report any illnesses potentially associated with e-cigarettes.

According to a news release, the alert is in response to a growing number of severe pulmonary disease nationwide associated with using e-cigarette products.

The department is also advising physicians to ask all of their patients who report using e-cigarettes within the past 90 days about signs and symptoms of pulmonary illness.

Since the beginning of the year, 215 possible cases of severe side effects linked with e-cigarettes have been reported in 25 states and one has died. Nine of those cases have been reported in Louisiana over the past two weeks. Those affected range ages 20-33. 

No vaping-related deaths have been reported in the state at this time.

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