DHEC reports first vaping-related death in S.C.

DHEC reports first vaping-related death in S.C.
DHEC is reporting the first vaping-related death in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – A person in the Upstate has died from a vaping-related illness, according to state health officials.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that it’s the state’s first death associated with a lung injury that was due to vaping, or EVALI.

“We regret to report that South Carolina has suffered its first death in a person recently diagnosed with a vaping-related injury,” said DHEC Bureau of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Director Virginie Daguise, Ph.D. “Our state health officials continue to work with national and local partners to further investigate this ongoing public health matter.”

The patient was 65 or older and was reported to have underlying health conditions.

Patients with EVALI report symptoms of:

  • Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea
  • Fever, chills or weight loss

“Through this national investigation, the CDC has identified Vitamin E acetate as a possible common factor in reported cases,” said DHEC physician Anna-Kathryn Rye Burch, M.D. “Until we know more, we recommend that everyone considers refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products.”

Vitamin E acetate serves as a thickening agent for the oil used in some e-cigarettes.

South Carolina currently has 35 confirmed cases of EVALI.

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