New numbers released on Oct. 22 show vaping is a problem in every corner of the state, with the highest numbers coming from north and southeast Texas.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed 147 cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping in Texas, including one death.
The youngest case of severe lung disease in Texas has been a 13-year-old, DSHS reports. They say one quarter of those affected in Texas are minors and three quarters are male.
According to the 2018 Texas Youth Tobacco Survey, 18.9% of high school students and 6% of middle school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, which is on par with national numbers.
Nine in 10 of those with severe lung disease in Texas report vaping THC or marijuana. Almost all were hospitalized, with many requiring intensive care.
Doctors and hospitals are being told to watch for cases of severe lung disease, and ask about e-cigarette use in patients with severe respiratory symptoms.
The symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue.
"DSHS is urging clinicians who identify cases to gather information about the products used and ask patients to save the vaping liquid in case it’s needed for testing," a news release from DSHS said.