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More than a dozen new cases of vaping-related lung illness hit NY

Another 14 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported in New York since state health officials earlier this month first warned that 11 people using vaping devices had to be hospitalized.

The new tally of 25 cases in New York comes after the first vaping-linked death was suspected in Illinois and nearly 200 vaping-related lung diseases are being investigated across the country.

Some public health experts say the illnesses are connected to vaping marijuana oil rather than nicotine, prompting criticism of federal health officials for failing to clearly alert people about the health risk being linked to tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes psychological effects.

While many of the 25 cases in New York involved THC, state health officials noted none of them reported using products sold by the medical marijuana companies licensed in New York.

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