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    Marin County Health Officials Advise Public to Stop Vaping
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    FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Schools have been wrestling with how to balance discipline with treatment in their response to the soaring numbers of vaping students. Using e-cigarettes, often called vaping, has now overtaken smoking traditional cigarettes in popularity among students, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, one in five U.S. high school students reported vaping the previous month, according to a CDC survey. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    Health officials in Marin County are advising residents to stop vaping until more is known about the cases of lung injury being reported across the United States.

    A public health alert has been issued by Marin County Health and Human Services asking local health care providers to be watchful for unexplained respiratory illnesses.

    There have been 57 severe respiratory illness cases related to vaping recently reported in California, with the first death in California reported Friday in Los Angeles, though no cases have been reported in Marin County.

    "Until we know what's causing this, the only way to be sure we're protected is to avoid using e-cigarettes. It's just not safe to vape," Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said in a statement.

    Nationally, there have been 450 illness cases reported in 33 states since July, most involving products containing cannabis and many striking teenagers or young people.

    Figures show nearly one-in-three 11th graders in Marin County reported using e-cigarettes on a regular basis, more than double the number two years ago.

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