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Kentucky health officials warn against vaping as illnesses mount

Posted: 7:25 AM, Oct 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-09 07:25:35-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The cause or causes for vaping-related illnesses and deaths is still unknown.

Health officials confirmed more than 1,000 illnesses and NBC confirmed 24 deaths, all related to vaping. The latest death was a 17-year-old boy in New York.

Kentucky health officials now advise everyone to refrain from using e-cigarettes or any form of vaping.

On Monday, the First Lady gave a speech at the White House calling for e-cigarette companies to stop marketing to children. She is set to host the Truth Initiative, a non-profit against tobacco, to hear about their vaping experiences Wednesday.

Also this week, Walgreens and Kroger joined Walmart and Rite Aid in taking a stand by discontinuing the sale of electronic nicotine-delivery products.

Health officials across the country continue to investigate thousands of cases that could add to the growing number of illnesses and deaths.