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Officials say death of Montana teenager was vaping-related

October 17, 2019
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, a woman uses her vaping device in Harmony, Pa. Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, it was the state's first recorded death connected to e-cigarette use. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, a woman uses her vaping device in Harmony, Pa. Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, it was the state's first recorded death connected to e-cigarette use. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said Tuesday it was the state’s first recorded death connected to e-cigarette use.

Officials declined to release any further details about the teen, citing confidentiality.

Officials said they have identified two other people in the state with vaping-associated lung illnesses.

U.S. health officials have reported about 1,300 vaping-related illnesses and at least 26 deaths nationwide.

A temporary ban on flavored vaping products goes into effect Oct. 22 in Montana.