The number of vaping related lung illnesses continues to rise

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- The number of cases of severe lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping, has more than doubled.

There are now 450 potential cases in 33 states. The CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and local public health agencies have been investigating this severe lung illness since the beginning of August. Since then there has been three fatalities.

"This is a serious issue in our community and we want to encourage all parents to talk to their kids about vaping use. It's something that we know Mesa County teens are doing," says Amanda Mayle with Mesa County Public Health.

According to Mesa County Public Health, about half of youth in the area have tried vaping and about a third have done it within the past 30 days. They say the easiest way to not get sick, is to simply not vape.

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