RARITAN TWP., NJ – One person in New Jersey has died after vaping and the state Department of Health reports it is investigating 32 reports of severe lung illness that it suspects may be related to the practice.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases of serious lung disease in the state has risen to 14, according to DOH. Nationally, there are now more than 800 confirmed and probable cases of severe lung illnesses in 46 states and the Virgin Islands, the state reports, with 13 deaths in 11 states.

State health departments, the CDC and the FDA are still investigating the possible causes of the lung injuries, but based on information at this time, e-cigarettes or vaping products should never be used by youths, young adults, pregnant women, or by adults who do not currently use tobacco products.

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As the use of e-cigarettes and vaping has increased significantly in recent years, Hunterdon Healthcare and the Hunterdon Mercer County Regional Chronic Disease Coalition will host a special program: “Vaping – Know the Facts."

The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room (first floor) at Hunterdon Medical Center. HMC is located off Route 31 at 2100 Wescott Drive. Use Flemington for GPS.

Elizabeth Manner, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Addictions Treatment Services at Hunterdon Behavioral Health, will lead the presentation.

Manner will discuss how vaping works, what’s in the liquid, whether the flavors are dangerous, and whether e-cigarettes are safer than smoking.

To register for this free program, call 908-237-2328.