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CDC investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes

UPDATE: The first U.S. death attributed to vaping appears to have been reported.

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NOTTINGHAM, MD – If you use e-cigarettes, you might want to reconsider.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette product use, or “vaping,” primarily among adolescents and young adults.

Additional states have alerted CDC to possible (not confirmed) cases and investigations into these cases are ongoing.

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There is no conclusive evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses.

While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses.

Latest Information

  • 94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping were reported in 14 states from June 28, 2019, to August 15, 2019 (this includes 30 cases in Wisconsin).
  • The investigation is ongoing and more information will be shared as it is available.

CDC notified U.S. healthcare systems and clinicians about the illnesses and what to watch for via a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Clinical Action Message. For information about a specific state, contact that state’s health department.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

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