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2 more cases of vaping-related illness in B.C.: Ministry of Health

Last Updated Nov 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm PST

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019 file photo, a man blows a puff of smoke as he vapes with an electronic cigarette. Teen vapers prefer Juul and mint is the #1 flavor among many of them, suggesting a shift after the company’s fruit and dessert flavors were removed from retail stores, new U.S. research suggests. The results are in a pair of studies published Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, including a report from the Food and Drug Administration and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that the U.S. teen vaping epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

VICTORIA — The B.C Ministry of Health says two more cases of probable vaping-related illness have been confirmed in the province.

A spokesperson for the ministry says the two new cases have been added to Health Canada’s website — bringing the total probable cases in the province to three following a probable case confirmed on Oct. 16

Health Canada says there have also been two confirmed cases of severe lung illness related to vaping in Quebec and two probable cases in New Brunswick.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta Friday reported a breakthrough following nearly 40 vaping-related deaths in the US — saying an additive used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vape cartridges, had been found in the lungs of 29 victims.