As of October 3, 2019, 1,080 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products have been reported to CDC. This includes 18 deaths. No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified; therefore the lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure. The CDC’s investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases. Please consider not using e-cigarette products.

If you do vape and you experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly. Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A pulmonary infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, which have generally not improved with antibiotic treatment alone. Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:

  • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • fatigue, fever, or weight loss

Regardless of the ongoing investigation young adults should not use e-cigarette products.

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for teens and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

Additional information can be found on the CDC website. 

Those experiencing symptoms or who have questions about their health should contact their healthcare provider. Pullman students can contact Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575 or schedule an appointment at https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/appointments/