At least six Americans have died from lung diseases linked to vaping. The most recent death was reported in Kansas yesterday.

Ilona Jaspers, an inhalation toxicologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, asks an important question: If it took decades for researchers to learn the dangers of cigarette smoking, how long might it take experts today to learn of all the risks associated with vaping and e-cigarettes? Some vaping-related illnesses may take years to show up.

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A man exhales after vaping Aug. 28, 2019 in Portland, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo

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