26 dead from vaping-related lung illness

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26 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 21 states, after a 17-year-old male's Oct. 4 death was made public on Tuesday, per AP.

What's happening: Deaths have occurred in Alabama, California (2), Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon (2) and Virginia — with the latest in New York and Massachusetts.

Special report: The new art of dying

Illustration of coffin with a rocket booster on the back
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Modern burials and death practices are changing how we die and where our bodies go after we die.

Why it matters: Today, the funeral industry is worth $17 billion ($). Businesses are innovating on traditional practices, and more people are taking control of how they wish to die and be buried — in unconventional, surprising and even extraterrestrial ways.