Vaping health alert in Milwaukee: Stop vaping immediately, officials urge

As the number of lung disease cases potentially caused by vaping continue to rise nationwide, the city of Milwaukee is taking proactive steps to warn residents about the possible dangers of e-cigarettes

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City officials issued a "health alert" Wednesday "urging people to stop vaping immediately," the Journal Sentinel reported.

"We continue to learn more about the health effects associated with e-cigarettes," according to a statement from Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik. "As the public health authority for the city, the MHD is committed to protecting the public from the dangers of secondhand exposure," she said, according to the newspaper.

There are as many as 200 possible cases of lung disease in 22 states and one death possibly linked to vaping, USA Today reported, with 16 confirmed cases in Wisconsin and 15 more under investigation in the state.

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