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Possible vaping-related death sparks warnings

The Dewey Avenue Smoke Shop is stocked with e-cigarettes.

They’re a popular item for people looking to quit smoking.

“I would say most people vaping are ex-smokers,” said Noah Scheuerman, manager. “I don’t see many people starting with vaping.”

But, on Friday, new warnings were issued about the popular practice following what’s believed to be the first vaping-related death in Illinois.

The CDC is also looking at 193 cases of severe lung illness nationawide: 11 of them in Western New York.

“We are seeing what looks to be a pattern of vape-induced or associated lung disease,” according to Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza.

He said while some see the practice as less harmful than traditional smoking, the verdict on vaping is still out.

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