The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was expected to update the number of illnesses blamed on vaping Thursday prior to the news about the latest deaths. According to CNN, the vaping-related death toll in the U.S. rose to 11 people.
The total number of vaping related illnesses across the U.S. was at least 530, according to the CDC. Lung injuries were reported as being associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products.
“Electronic cigarettes and tobacco products will still be available and adults who are using [vaping products] to quit smoking, that will still be readily available,” Raimondo said.
Kevin Burns, the CEO of JUUL, also announced he is resigning due to the growing number of health concerns related to vaping across the country.
At last check, there have not been any vaping-related illnesses reported by the Rhode Island Health of Department.