Kentucky officials issue health warning urging those who vape to stop


FILE – In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. North Carolina’s top prosecutor expanded his efforts to halt e-cigarette sales to teens on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, by suing eight more manufacturers of vaping products. Josh Stein, the Democratic attorney general in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said he is filing lawsuits against eight e-cigarette companies in an announcement timed to grab attention during the first week of school. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky’s largest city have issued a public health warning that urges people who use vaping products to stop in the face of a national outbreak of severe lung injuries.

A statement from the Louisville health department says there are 805 cases of lung illness in 46 states and one territory. Kentucky has 20 cases under investigation.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says city officials are “deeply concerned” about the public health trends, which include a rise in teen vaping.

Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Sarah Moyer says “vaping is not safe” whether it is electronic cigarettes or other products.

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