Outbreak: Lung Injury Due to E-cigarettes/Vaping

As of September 27, 2019 that stats are as follows:

  • ~805 lung injury cases reported across 46 states and 1 US territory.
  • 12 deaths confirmed in 10 states
  • 69% of patients are male
  • nearly 2/3 of patients are 18-34 years old, with 22% between 18-21 and 16% under 18 years old
  • All reported patients have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping
  • The latest findings show vaping products which contain THC plays a role in the outbreak
  • CDC obtained data from 514 patients on use 30 days prior to symptom onset: 77% used THC containing products; 36% used THC and only THC products; 57% used nicotine-containing products; 16% used nicotine and only nicotine-containing products

The unknown, currently, is the exact or specific chemical exposure(s) causing the lung injuries associated with e-cigarette product use or vaping. No single product or substance has been linked to all injury cases and more information is needed to know whether one or more e-cigarette or vaping products, substances or brand is responsible for the outbreak.

The CDC recommends that all consumers refrain from using all e-cigarette, or vaping products, particularly those containing THC. If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes. If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, see a healthcare provider immediately.

Symptoms of Lung Injury reported by Some Patients in This Outbreak:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • abdominal pain

Patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.

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