Vaping linked to serious lung disease; Health officials urge cessation of vaping and e-cigarettes

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) urge people to avoid vaping or using e-cigarettes until health officials understand the cause of a serious lung illness associated with vaping. Yesterday the Benton County Board of Commissioners, acting in their capacity as the Board of Health, issued a health advisory that urges users of nicotine, THC and CBD vaping devices to cease vaping activities immediately.

As of September 17, 2019, seven deaths—including one in Oregon—and more than 450 possible cases of lung illness have been associated with the use of vape devices and e-cigarettes across the country. The illnesses have not been linked to any specific vape product or substance in e-cigarettes.

This warning applies to all vaping products including nicotine, non-nicotine, marijuana products, essential oils, and all others. Cigarettes and marijuana are not safer alternatives.

Please follow and share the following recommendations:

  • Avoid vaping or using any type of e-cigarette.
  • If you vape and are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, trouble breathing, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or fever, seek medical attention right away.
  • If you vape, never buy products off the street or from unreputable online vendors.
  • Do not modify your vape device; do not add or change the liquids provided by the manufacturer.
  • Young people and pregnant women should never vape or use e-cigarettes.
  • Adults who do not currently use tobacco should not vape or use e-cigarettes.
  • Parents, guardians, educators, and concerned adults should talk to kids about the dangers of vaping - here are some tips https://bit.ly/2kbZoLW.

If you want to break your nicotine addiction or need help to stop vaping please visit https://smokefreeoregon.com, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or see a health care provider about FDA-approved nicotine replacement and cessation options, such as skin patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and medicines.