Kings County public health officials have confirmed a resident died of complications related to vapor or e-cigarettes.
It is the second such death in the San Aokin Valley and, based on official estimates and recent headlines, the 20th death toll nationwide.
"With sadness, we report the death of a resident of Kings County who is suspected to have been linked to a severe pulmonary injury related to evaporation," King's Public Health Officer Dr. Milton Teske said in a statement released Monday. .
King County reported 12 cases of evaporation.
A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that three quarters of injured limes used products that included tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), suggesting that THC plays a role in lung disease.
Meanwhile, the CDC advises e-cigarette owners, especially those using TC.