A third fatality linked to vaping has been confirmed in Massachusetts, bringing the death toll in the US from mysterious lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes to 40.
The unidentified victim, who was a man in his 50s and lived in Worcester County, vaped both nicotine and THC products, according to a release from the state's Department of Public Health on Wednesday.
State heath officials say they've received more than 220 suspected cases of vaping-associated lung injuries since September, when Massachusetts began mandating that these cases be reported.
As of Wednesday, 21 cases have been confirmed and 47 were deemed probable by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It comes as the CDC released new figures on Thursday that showed there are now 2,051 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping
Massachusetts health officials confirmed the state's third fatality linked to vaping after an unidentified man in his 50s died from vaping both nicotine and THC products, bringing the nationwide death toll to 40 people in 24 states (red)
Most of the victims are male and under the age of 35, with ages of those who died ranging from 17 to 75, according to the report.
The CDC has only confirmed 39 deaths, with three each confirmed in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota and two deaths each in Kansas, Massachusetts, Oregon and Tennessee.
Meanwhile, one death each has been confirmed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware,