Health Officials: First New Jersey Vaping-Related Death Announced

NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, officials from the New Jersey Department of Health announced the first New Jersey death associated with vaping.

The death, which involves an adult woman from northern New Jersey, was reported to the Department of Health in August and mentioned as a report under investigation by the Department of Health Acting Commissioner Judith Persichilli, at the same time Governor Phil Murphy announced the creation of the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force on Sept. 12.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases of serious lung disease in New Jersey has risen to 14, including two probable cases.

“The New Jersey Department of Health is saddened to announce a death associated with this outbreak. This death underscores the potential dangers associated with vaping,” said Persichilli, who chairs the Governor’s Electronic Smoking Device Task Force.

To date, there have been no reports of serious lung illness associated with products sold in dispensaries permitted by the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program.

Also, 32 reports of severe lung illness are currently under investigation. The age range of all cases and reports under investigation is between 15 and 51 years of age. The majority of the cases involve males.

There are now over 800 confirmed and probable cases of server lung illnesses in 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There have been approximately 13 deaths in 11 states.