A Missouri man in his mid-40s died this week due to a respiratory illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes, making him the eighth death nationwide attributed to vaping.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the patient had normal lung function prior to him starting to vape in May 2019. He then developed respiratory symptoms that got worse and led to his hospitalization in late August. The man eventually went into heart failure and cardiac arrest.
“Once the lungs are injured by vaping, we don’t know how quickly it worsens and if it depends on other risk factors,” Dr. Michael Plisco, Mercy Hospital St. Louis critical care pulmonologist, said in the release. Across the U.S. 530 of possible cases of e-cigarette lung injury have been reported.