MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Vaping has become an epidemic, according to the CDC and the U.S. Surgeon General. The Department of Health announced an adult female from northern New Jersey has died. She has become the first New Jersey death associated with the national vaping outbreak, said health officials.

"The New Jersey Department of Health is saddened to announce a death associated with this outbreak. This death underscores the potential dangers associated with vaping,” said Persichilli, who chairs the Governor’s Electronic Smoking Device Task Force.

"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", said government officials in a statement.

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How do we protect our youth? Part of the protection is through knowledge. 

Parents, caregivers and teens are invited to a free event, titled: Save Your Breath - Vaping Alert. The event will take place at the Morris Plains Borough School, 500 Speedwell Avenue on Monday October 28 from 6:30pm - 8pm

The program, co-sponsored by the Morris Plains Municipal Alliance through a GCADA grant and also by the Morris Plains Home and School Association will discuss vaping and how to keep your kids from being pulled toward this life altering habit. Tim Shoemaker will be the keynote speaker.

According to event organizers, vaping is a life-crushing addiction, which is linked to cancerous toxic exposure, pulminary impairment, fatal lung dammage and inadvertent use of dangerous illicit drugs.

According to government health officials there have been 32 reports of severe lung illness, currently under investigation. The age range of all cases and reports under investigation is between 15 and 51 years of ages. The majority of the cases involve males. Nationally, there are now more than 800 confirmed and probable cases of severe lung illnesses in 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tragically there have been approximately 13 deaths in 11 states, they said.

"Powerful environmental forces are pulling your children towards this life-altering habit", said organizers. "They need our help, and you need to know more. The only thing to fear is a lack of knowledge, and in just 90 minutes, our team will fix that. Learn why health officials, pediatricians, police officers, teachers and even Vape Industry Leaders are trying to keep your kids away from Vaping. Join our efforts and help ensure our success!"

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