Location of two vaping-related deaths in Louisiana revealed


File – In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33)(Fox 44) – The locations of the two vaping-related deaths in Louisiana are now known.

The Louisiana Department of Health tells NBC Local 33/Fox 44 the two cases came from Ascension and Union Parishes.

The new information comes following a public records request.

The two deaths were reported last week just days apart.

So far, Louisiana has 32 cases of vaping-related illness or lung injuries.

It’s part of a nationwide epidemic where people are falling sick from inhaling “tainted” vaping fluids. The federal government hasn’t pinpointed an exact cause, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes its from the use of Vitamin E acetate, an additive, most notably as a thickening agent in THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

The CDC is reporting 2,290 cases across the nation so far with also 47 confirmed deaths.

As for the two Louisiana cases, the LDH has not given the patients’ names due to privacy concerns.

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