Tennessee reports first death related to vaping

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles. On Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, U.S. health officials are again urging people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Tennessee health officials are reporting the state's first death related to vaping.

The victim was a man in Nashville, according to a statement from the Metro Public Health Department and reported by The Tennessean.

So far, at least 53 people in Tennessee have become ill.

In a statement Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health urged health care providers to report cases of illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey also recommended that Tennesseans consider stopping e-cigarette use and vaping while Tennessee's vaping-related illnesses are investigated.

Last week, the Tennessee Medical Association and other health care organizations urged Gov. Bill Lee to issue an emergency temporary measure to restrict Tennessee youth from obtaining vaping products. They also urged lawmakers to pass a permanent solution.