Two more cases of lung injuries associated with vaping products were confirmed in Montana Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 7 cases, including one death.
The state health department says both new cases involve people from Cascade County with a history of vaping. One of the individuals is in their teens and the other is in their 20s. An investigation continues into what specific products were used.
The state health department says it continues to work with federal agencies in a national investigation of vaping related lung inquiries.
In the announcement of the two new cases Thursday, state health officials referred to the situation as a fast paced and ongoing outbreak. The department says e-cigarette products should "never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products."
The state of Montana is currently in a legal battle with a vape industry group over Gov. Steve Bullock’s order to temporarily ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The ban is not in effect while each side awaits a court ruling.