(PM) — Indiana health officials announced they’ve authenticated that a resident died from severe lung injury connected to vaping. The death, announced Friday by the Indiana State Department of Health, is the state’s first and the country’s third tied to the use of electronic cigarettes. Previous deaths have been notified in Illinois and Oregon.
Officials stated the death involved a person older than 18, but that no additional information about the patient will be released. The Indiana health department stated it has confirmed eight cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping and is reviewing more than 20 other suspected cases.
Nationwide, U.S. health officials stated Friday that they’re now investigating more than 450 cases of possible vaping-related illnesses in 33 states.
Government health investigators are studying into whether an oil derived from Vitamin E — found in samples of marijuana vaping products from patients all over the country who got sick — may be responsible for at least some of the cases.
One Illinois teenager, who has been hospitalized since last week, told CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds that his lungs “are like a 70-year-old’s” after vaping with THC.
Earlier this week, the governor of Michigan stated it will become the first state to prohibit flavored e-cigarettes.