Tulare County man dies from vape-related illness

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VISALIA, California (KGPE) – One person is dead in Tulare County, and health officials believe vaping is to blame.

Tulare County’s Health Officer says, her department’s seen three cases of vaping-related pulmonary illness over the past month.

The latest victim, an adult man, passing away over the weekend.

While officials couldn’t say what type of substance he was vaping, they say vaping, and this illness is a trend growing across the country.

Governor Gavin Newsom Monday, announcing a new plan to target e-cigarettes.

“You don’t have bubblegum flavored, mango-flavored tobacco products unless you’re trying to target an audience,” Newsom said. “And that’s young people.”

“These conditions have caused severe damage in some way to the lung,” Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught said.

With the appearance of pneumonia, but spread across the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

A problem health officials say is new in Tulare County.

“It was first noted as a cluster in Kings County, and then within the last month three cases in our county,” Haught said.

But steadily increasing, across the country.

“There are lots of different vaping products and ways, and the ways people do it too,” smoker Ryan Fromuth said.

Fromuth has been smoking more than a decade, he vapes once a day.

“Pretty suddenly there’s been a lot of these issues,” Fromuth said.

He hopes the news of the death, prompts action.

“It’s kind of important just to get the bottom of like why and how this is specifically more dangerous, and what not,” Fromuth said.

While details of how people get sick from vaping aren’t clear, health officials say there’s obviously a risk, and all should be cautious.

Newsom also hoping to increase taxes on vaping products, and eventually sign a ban to eliminate e-cigarettes.

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