As of early September more than 450 cases of lung illness associated with vaping are being investigated by CDC. 33 states including CT have been impacted and to date, five deaths have been reported. While a specific cause or agent has not been identified, using e-cigarette products has been reported in ALL cases.
Anyone currently using any type of e-cigarette is urged to STOP immediately, For those who may be addicted to nicotine, seek medical assistance to identify evidence-based alternatives and FDA approved medications.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced more cases of people hospitalized with a sudden onset of severe lung disease associated with vaping. Those affected have experienced symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Read the CT Department of Public Health Report on the Vaping Investigation here.
Vaping Among Youth
“Join the conversation on youth vaping issues featuring Alyssa Bennett, MD. Adolescent Medicine Specialist with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and
Jennifer Kertanis, MPH Director of Health at the Farmington Valley Health District, as we discuss what has led to the dramatic growth in vaping use among teens as well as solutions and advice for parents on how to discuss these issues with our children.” -Farmington Valley Podcast Network