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Kern County confirms first vaping-related illness

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 18:26:17-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — The Kern County Public Health Department has confirmed the county's first vaping-related illness. The department said it is not providing any further information about the case at this time.

According to a news release from the California Department of Public Health, the state has "received reports that 90 people in California who have a history of vaping were hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage, and two people have died."

The CDHP issued a health advisory on Tuesday urging "everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source."

Last week California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he's directing the state to spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis.

On September 16, officials in Tulare County announced a person had died after complications related to using e-cigarettes