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Vaping epidemic: Lung injuries reported in Texas, but none in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) - More than 2,000 cases of vaping-related lung injuries have been reported. 39 deaths have been confirmed. There are cases in every state in the U.S., except for Alaska. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are cases in Texas, none have been reported here in El Paso.

On Friday, the CDC announced their investigation has revealed that Vitamin E acetate in combination with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, may be to blame for the national outbreak of e-cigarette lung injuries.

In survey results from 2017, the CDC says 16.8 percent of high school students reported using any tobacco product. But only 7.4 percent said they used cigarettes. That survey did not cover e-cigarettes.

Dr. Endy Dominguez, a pulmonologist with Texas Tech Physicians and El Paso Children's Hospital, discussed the CDC's announcement ABC-7's Stephanie Valle. You can watch it in the video player at the top of this article.

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Mark Ross

Mark Ross is an anchor/producer for ABC-7.

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