State officials on Wednesday reported 10 new cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury. The Department of Public Health announced that it has now reported a total of 29 cases – 10 confirmed and 19 probable – to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In those cases, state officials provided the CDC with evidence gathered from patient interviews and medical record reviews. According to the DPH, it has so far received 152 reports of suspected vaping-related lung injuries. Of those, 29 cases were reported to the CDC, 63 cases are under active investigation and 60 have been ruled out, the agency said. The agency has reported one death, a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County.
Gov. Charlie Baker, announcing a public health emergency, on Sept. 25 imposed a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products and industry officials are working in federal court to have the ban overturned. DPH said 20 of the 29 patients reported to the CDC said that they had vaped tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an ingredient found in marijuana, with or without nicotine. Of those 20 cases, 13 reported using THC only, seven reported THC and nicotine, and eight reported vaping nicotine only. — Michael P. Norton/SHNS