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How Many People Have Died From Vape Pens? [Update]

The vape pen lung epidemic continues to affect thousands of consumers. How many have people have died from vape pens?

We are in the midst of a vape pen epidemic. The CDC and FDA have warned vape pen and e-cigarette consumers about their use of these products. While there’s no single cause of this epidemic yet, there are some simple things consumers can do to make themselves safer. You don’t want to be a part of the inevitable rash of vape pen lawsuits.

How Many People Have Died from Vape Pens

As of right now over 1,500 vape pen and e-cigarette consumer have come down with symptoms of this new epidemic. And this number seems to grow each day. The symptoms vary, from shortness of breath and coughing to something much more severe.

As this writing [updated], 33 people have died from the current vape pen lung epidemic. This includes the first teenager. A 17-year-old from the Bronx died on October 8th. We will continue to update this number as the CDC and FDA provide updates.

Here’s a breakdown of VAPI-related deaths by state:

California: Three
Indiana: Three
Georgia: Two
Oregon: Two
Alabama: One
Connecticut: One
Delaware: One
Florida: One
Illinois: One
Kansas: One
Massachusetts: One
Michigan: One
Minnesota: One
Mississippi: One
Missouri: One
Nebraska: One
New Jersey: One
New York: One
Pennsylvania: One
Texas: One
Utah: One
Virginia: One

And now the first cases of VAPI have been found in Canada.

Know What Vape Pen You’re Buying

As the vape pen and e-cigarette epidemic continues, it’s more important than ever to know what you’re consuming. One simple rule to follow is to only purchase vape pens from trusted sources. Illicit and black market vape pens are a primary culprit of the new vape pen lung epidemic. As an example, don’t use a brand called “Dank vapes”. While this brand is somewhat popular, it is NOT (we repeat, NOT) tested.

There has been a lot of examples of untested vape pens – primarily from China – that have been found to have problematic chemicals. Some have a fungicide that turns to hydrogen cyanide when heated. As you know, that’s not a good thing. And only purchase from the safest dispensaries and trusted sources.

How To Stay Safe

Purchase your products from well-know dispensaries. Because, approved and licensed dispensaries do not want to sell harmful products. As you know, sick customers are not repeat customers. Regardless, where your vape pens and e-cigarettes are produced? If you don’t know, ask. Additionally, you can ask for proof of the test results for all products you purchase.

As always, it’s great to build a relationship with your local dispensary or budtender. A rapport with your budtender can help build the trust you need to buy the right products. A smart and savvy budtender can steer you to the safer vape pens, and steer you away from anything that might cause harm.

As an example, make sure you don’t use Dank Vape pens. Dank Vapes have been reported to be a popular but unlicensed brand that many sufferers have reported using. To drive this problem home, a number of governors have passed state vape pen bans.

Check Your Symptoms

Most importantly, if you have been using vape pens for a while, or if you’re new to them, be aware of how you’re feeling. From noticing little things like a nagging cough, or something much more impactful, see your doctor immediately if you think you may have acquired the vape pen lung illness. Knowing the symptoms of the vape pen disease is important for all vape pen users.

How To Stop Vaping

Of course, the easiest way to stay safe is to stop vaping. Although, quitting vaping cold turkey is easier said than done. Follow our step-by-step guide on how to stop vaping if you’re ready to quit. Or try transdermal patches. As a result, it won’t be easy, but you will probably thank yourself if you’re able to stop.



The editors of have decades of experience in the THC and cannabis industry. We have been concerned about the rise of illnesses caused by vape pens and are getting the information out as best we can.

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