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First probable vaping-related illness reported in Newfoundland and Labrador

In this Aug. 28, 2019 photo a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Alberta is reporting its first case of a severe vaping-associated lung illness.
In this Aug. 28, 2019 photo a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Alberta is reporting its first case of a severe vaping-associated lung illness. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert F. Bukaty

Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador have reported the province’s first probable case of a lung illness related to vaping.

The province’s chief medical officer confirmed Friday that a person became ill in late 2019 after using a cannabis product, which was not available for testing.

READ MORE: 1st case of severe vaping-related illness reported in Alberta

The person was hospitalized but has since recovered.

The province did not release further details, citing privacy concerns.

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Federal health officials say there have been 16 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-associated lung illnesses reported across Canada, not including the Newfoundland and Labrador case.

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In addition to cannabis products, the other vaping-related illnesses have been linked to nicotine vaping products, flavour-only products and products that combine nicotine, cannabis and other substances.