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What is Vaping?

  • "Vaping” is the use of electronic devices to inhale substances such as nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other additives or flavorings.
  • Vaping devices include e-cigarettes, JUULss, e-hookahs, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), and tank systems with or without modifications.

What is the outbreak of Lung Injury associated with vaping?

  • Many e-cigarette users across the country, particularly young adults who are otherwise healthy, are developing symptoms of lung injury after using e-cigarette or vaping products.
  • As of October 15, 2019, there have been 1,479 cases reported among 49 states, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
  • No single product or chemical substance has been linked to all cases.
  • Local, state and national health agencies are actively investigating the outbreak.

What are the symptoms of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury?

  • Frequently reported symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Many patients have reported initial symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain, or fever.
  • Severe cases have required admission to the hospital.
  • Some 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.

Recommendations for DC Residents

  • Refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products, including those that contain THC and nicotine.
  • Do not buy vape or e-cigarette cartridges, oils, devices or other products on the street or on the internet.
  • Do not modify vaping devices or add additional substances to vaping products.
  • During healthcare visits, tell your provider if you have ever used e-cigarettes or vaping products.
  • If you are an adult using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products, to quit smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes. Adults addicted to nicotine using e-cigarettes should weigh all risks and benefits, and consider utilizing FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies.
  • DC residents who wish to quit using tobacco or vaping devices can access support from the DC Quitline at 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or (202) 333-4488 (Spanish speakers)

If you are concerned about your health after vaping or using an e-cigarette:

  • Contact your healthcare provider, or
  • Call the National Capital Poison Control Center at 1 (800) 222-1222

For Healthcare Providers

Promptly report any suspected cases you have seen since July to the District of Columbia Department of Health using the Notifiable Disease and Condition Case Report Form