US official expects 'hundreds more' cases of vaping illness

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, a man exhales a puff of smoke from a vape pipe at a shop in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Department of Health has confirmed the first vaping-related death in the state.

Department officials say the Salt Lake County resident was under the age of 30 and died at their residence without being hospitalized prior to their death.

Health officials and a medical examiner say the person died from a vaping-related injury and that they recently vaped THC before they died.

Officials did not identify the person who died and are not releasing further details about the person's identity.

The state has confirmed 76 cases of vaping-related lung injuries, and another 14 potential cases are under investigation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed more than 1,000 cases of vaping-related illness nationwide, including 19 deaths.

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