ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Two more Minnesotans have died due to complications from severe lung injuries associated with vaping.

“We’re deeply saddened by the news of these deaths and very, very concerned that so many Minnesotans continue to suffer severe injuries in this outbreak,” said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

She confirmed that both deaths involved people over the age of 50.

“The first patient had vaped a number of products including illegal THC,” said Malcolm. “The second patient had several underlying conditions and is known to have vaped nicotine, but is also believed to have vaped unknown additional products.”

Malcolm says no one should vape anything containing illegal cannabis products.

To date, three Minnesotans have died and there has been 73 confirmed or probable cases of lung illness related to vaping.

Victims have been hospitalized for anywhere from a few days to several weeks.