According to a New York Times report, a patient in Oregon has died of severe lung disease related to vaping THC. The patient, who died in July, is the second person to die of severe lung disease related to vaping after an Illinois man’s death was first reported in August.
The investigator said that the person had apparently become sick after vaping THC from a product purchased at a recreational marijuana shop in the state.
The investigator, Dr. Ann Thomas, a pediatrician and public health physician who is leading Oregon’s incident management team, said the person died in July after being hospitalized and put on a ventilator.
Dr. Thomas said that the doctor who treated the patient recognized several weeks later that the patient’s lung infection was consistent with a syndrome thought to be connected to vaping that has affected more than 200 people around the country this summer, according to federal health officials.