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Where have people died from vaping-related illnesses?

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More than 2,200 people have been sickened by vaping-related illnesses across the country, and at least 47 people have reportedly died.

As of Nov. 21, cases of vaping-related illnesses have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, according to the CDC. Alaska remains the only state that has not reported a vaping-related illness.

The CDC said 47 people have died from vaping-related illnesses nationwide as of Nov. 20. The number does not include an additional death that was reported in Michigan on Nov. 27, the second in the state.

According to the agency, people who died have ranged in age from 17 to 75., with a median age of 53.


In data released Nov. 5, the CDC revealed that most patients sickened have been young, with 77 percent of patients under the age of 35, and 15 percent under the age of 18.

About a third of patients — 35 percent — reported using vaporizers with THC only, without any use of nicotine vapes. A smaller percentage — 13 percent — said they used nicotine vapes only.

Federal health officials say they haven’t yet found a cause but have more than 100 people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working on the investigation.

The CDC releases new data on the vaping illnesses and deaths every Thursday, but did not release updated numbers on vaping illnesses and deaths during the week of Thanksgiving.

States across the country are setting varying policies on vaping products. Some states, such as Rhode Island, New York, and Michigan, have banned the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Charlie Baker in Massachusetts issued the strongest mandate of any state so far, banning the sale of all vaping products, including legal, regulated marijuana vaporizers. That ban is expected to lift in mid-December, paving the way for some products to return to shevles.


Here’s where people have reportedly died from vaping-related illnesses across the country:

This map was last updated on Dec. 2.

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Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.