Article shared from CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

From CDC: E-cigarette Use, or Vaping, Practices and Characteristics Among Persons with Associated Lung Injury — Utah, April – October 2019

Shared from CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:

E-cigarette Use, or Vaping, Practices and Characteristics Among Persons with Associated Lung Injury — Utah, April – October 2019

During August 6 – October 15, 2019, 83 confirmed or probable cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury in Utah were reported and investigated to determine symptoms, medical care history, and exposures related to the injury.

Medical abstractions were completed for 79 Utah patients, 53 of whom were interviewed.  Almost all patients reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vaping cartridges.  Most patients were hospitalized, half required breathing assistance, many reported preexisting respiratory and mental health conditions, and many identified as current or former smokers of combustible marijuana or tobacco.  Most THC-containing products, acquired from six patients and tested at Utah Public Health Laboratory, contained Vitamin E acetate.

At present, persons should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products containing THC.  In addition, because the specific cause or causes of lung injury are not yet known and while the investigation continues, persons should consider refraining from use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Article from CDC here:  https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6842e1.htm?s_cid=mm6842e1_w

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