Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping
CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use.
What we know There are over 380* possible cases of lung illness reported from 36 states and 1 U.S. territory. Six deaths have been reported from 6 states.All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.Most patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. Many patients have reported using THC and nicotine. Some have reported the use of e-cigarette products containing only nicotine.
What we don’t know We do not yet know the specific cause of these illnesses. The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases.
What CDC recommends
CDC has released interim recommendations for healthcare providers, health departments, and the public. Until we know more, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products. 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.Regardless of the ongoing investigation:Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC, other cannabinoids) off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer. Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products. Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products.Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.