Vaping Associated Lung Injury Confirmed in Washington State
Posted on 09/13/2019
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Washington State now has seven confirmed/probable cases of Vaping Associated Lung Injury. There are no confirmed cases in Benton and Franklin Counties.

Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are leading this active and ongoing investigation. A specific substance or e-cigarette product has not been identified or linked to all cases, but many patients report vaping with liquids containing cannabinoid products.

At this time, BFHD recommends that anyone using e-cigarette products stop while the investigation is ongoing. If you use e-cigarette products and experience cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting or diarrhea, promptly seek medical care and report your use of e-cigarette products.

Youth, young adults, and pregnant women should never use e-cigarette products. They may contain nicotine or other substances that are not safe for use and may harm brain development in teens as well as developing babies.  The Surgeon General’s Know the Risks has additional information for youth.

It is never too late to quit smoking or using other nicotine products. Quitting is not easy, but has immediate and long term benefits. It can take several attempts to successfully quit using tobacco, and not every method works best for all individuals.

Adults and youth who are attempting to quit should talk with their doctor about evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or a support quit lineYouth can contact the quit line or access resources at https://teen.smokefree.gov/ or the Truth Initiative.  Other local tobacco cessation resources can be found here.

BFHD has alerted health care providers to report cases of unexplained lung disease in persons who have used e-cigarettes in the last 90 days.

“We have not had any cases reported in Benton or Franklin counties yet, but with nearly one in four high school seniors reporting use of e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, we have a lot of people at risk and not just from this outbreak,” said Dr. Amy Person, Health officer for Benton-Franklin Health District.