MDH: 2 more Minnesotans die due to vaping complications

Updated: October 16, 2019 06:14 PM

Two more Minnesotans have died as a result of complications from lung injuries associated with vaping, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

In an update issued Wednesday, the department stated one person who died was found to have vaped products that contained illegal THC. The second person who died was found to have had "severe underlying conditions" and had vaped unknown products in addition to nicotine.


"We are saddened by the news of these deaths, and we are troubled that so many Minnesotans continue to suffer in this outbreak," Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said in a statement. "We're working hard with our partners across the country to learn as much as we can about these injuries and deaths, and to determine what can be done to prevent them."

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In total, there have now been three deaths reported in Minnesota related to lung injuries associated with vaping. The MDH reports 73 patients in Minnesota have been classified as having had confirmed or probable lung injuries linked to vaping. The department is also reviewing the cases of 32 additional Minnesotans who may have sustained vaping lung injuries.

Nationally, at least 29 vaping related deaths in 22 states have now been reported after another death was also confirmed in Montana Wednesday.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz expressed his concern over vaping-related illness in a news release.

"My heart is with the families, friends, and communities of these two Minnesotans," Walz said. "Seventy-three Minnesotans, who have experienced severe lung injury in this outbreak associated with vaping illegal THC over the past several months, is too many."

According to the MDH, more than 1,300 lung injury cases associated with vaping in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and one territory have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MDH said it has started listing vaping-related death totals along with other information about the vaping illnesses investigation on its website.

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