Fourth va­p­ing-re­lated death oc­curs in Cal­i­for­nia

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Sacra­mento Bee

A Va­cav­ille woman died last week in what investigat­ors be­lieve is Cal­i­for­nia’s fourth va­p­ing-re­lated death amid a rash of e-cig­a­rette health con­cerns.

Amanda Mar­got Ar­conti was treated in a hos­pi­tal in No­vato, where she later died af­ter com­ing down with an ill­ness, the Marin County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said in a news re­lease.

Ar­conti, who has fam­ily in No­vato, is be­lieved to have used e-cig­a­rettes prior to her death, and Marin County health of­fi­cials be­lieve her death may have been con­nected to va­p­ing.

A county health of­fi­cer told KRON4 that Ar­conti, 45, was pre­vi­ously healthy but came into the hos­pi­tal ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chest pain and trou­ble breath­ing, re­sult­ing in her death within hours.

A post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion and tox­i­col­ogy tests are sched­uled for Thurs­day in or­der to iden­tify a de­fin­i­tive cause of death, ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff's Of­fice.

In a news re­lease is­sued af­ter Ar­conti's death, the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health warned state res­i­dents to re­frain from all forms of va­p­ing, re­gard­less of the sub­stance or source of e-cig­a­rette prod­ucts.

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