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Minnesota man dies from vaping in Tennessee

Updated: October 18, 2019 11:11 AM

A Minnesota man died recently in Nashville, Tennessee from vaping THC.

"It was very quick, very sudden and very strange," Evhen Cameron's girlfriend, Cory Smallwood, said.

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Smallwood said Cameron was on anxiety medications and smoking weed to offset the side effects. She said he began vaping in July, and about three weeks ago he got sick. Smallwood said at first Evhen thought it was the flu, but when he got short of breath he was taken to the hospital.

"They were asking him if he ever vaped, have you ever used the vape cartridges? And he said, 'yeah' and he was honest about that," she said.


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He posted on his Facebook page after leaving the hospital, writing, "I was just released from the hospital. After a week I'm so glad to be out. Turns out i was one of the lucky [expletive]'s to kill my lungs vaping THC and CBD carts." That same night he left the hospital, Cameron went into cardiac arrest.

"He was without a pulse for over a half an hour before they were able to revive him and he just wasn't going to wake up from that," Smallwood said.

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed a man died from vaping. Their response reads in part: The Tennessee Department of Health has reported one death in a patient with serious respiratory disease associated with use of electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. This is the first such death reported in Tennessee.

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