Stop vaping: State epidemiologist says Alaskans should follow CDC advice

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Alaska is following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by recommending people stop using e-cigarette or vaping products.

Alaska State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin says there have been 380 reported cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products in 36 states and one U.S. territory. He says there have also been at least six deaths in six different states.

"Most likely what's happening is this is a chemical exposure, but we have not identified one chemical that has been found in all cases. So at this point it's still unclear what the cause of the outbreak is," he said.

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