BOSTON — State health officials say a third person has died from a vaping-related lung illness.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health identified the person as a man in his 50s from Worcester County who "reported vaping both nicotine and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)," according to a news release. It did not say when he died.
The DPH releases new vaping statistics every Wednesday, and started mandating reporting by healthcare providers of any suspected cases vaping-related illness. To date, 200 hundred cases have been reported to DPH.
Last month, the state reported two other vaping-related deaths - a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County, and a Hampshire County woman in her 60s - who reported vaping nicotine.
In response to the growing number of cases, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in September and temporarily banned the sale of vaping products and devices.
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