L.A. County reports more vaping illnesses

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Los Angeles County health officials today reported five more cases of vaping-related lung illnesses and repeated their call for residents to stop vaping immediately.

As of Thursday, there have been 21 reported cases of serious vaping- associated pulmonary injury and one e-cigarette related death, according to the county Department of Public Health.

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The figures do not include Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own independent health departments.

County health officials said two-thirds of the local cases are in people aged 25 or younger, and the cases involve male and female patients.

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All but one patient reported using both e-cigarette and cannabis-type products, but not necessarily at the same time. One reported using flavored liquids only, with no nicotine, THC or CBD.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 1,080 lung injury cases nationally related to vaping as of

Tuesday, and 18 deaths in 15 states. Nationally, 70% of the reported patients are male, and 80% are under age 35. The CDC said 16% of the patients are under age 18.