January 25, 2020
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Massachusetts reports 2nd vaping-related death

Keith Srakocic | AP
Keith Srakocic | AP
In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a woman uses her vaping device in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials said a second state resident has died from a vaping-related lung illness.

Marylou Sudders, secretary of Health and Human Services, told WGBH-FM on Wednesday that the second resident was a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County. The state previously said a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County died of a vaping-related illness.

No additional information was released.

Sudders said both deaths were attributed to the use of nicotine vaping products.

She said the state has had 204 suspected cases of vaping-related pulmonary illnesses, 61 of which were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as confirmed or probable.

Sudders and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker defended the state’s four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products, which has been challenged in court.


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