State officials confirm vaping-related death

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Kansas health officials on Tuesday morning confirmed the state's first death associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease connected to vaping or use of e-cigarettes.

The identified person is a Kansas resident over the age of 50. The state's epidemiologist Farah Ahmed said the patient had a history of underlying health issues and was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly.

State health Secretary Lee Norman said health officials nationwide continue to work aggressively to gather information and determine what has caused the lung injuries.

The national investigation has not identified any specific vaping or e-cigarette . . .

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