Nashville's Metro Public Health confirmed an adult male is Nashville's first death of severe pulmonary illness associated with the use of electronic cigarettes.

MPHD officials are working closely with the Tennessee Department of Health to investigate the recent death.  No additional information about the death is being released at this time.

“Nashville’s first death and reports of severe pulmonary illnesses outbreaks associated with vaping nationwide should be a warning about the risks of severe lung injury from using these products” said Sanmi Areola, Ph.D., Interim Director of the Metro Public Health Department.  “We will continue to monitor and investigate reports of illnesses and urge everyone to consider not using e-cigarettes and follow guidance from the CDC.”

The Tennessee Department of Health has received reports of 49 cases of serious lung injury among people who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping products. MPHD officials report six of those were Davidson County cases.