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For the Public: What You Need to Know
Symptoms of Lung Injury Reported by Some Patients in This Outbreak
Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea
fever, chills, or weight loss
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.
If you have questions about CDC’s investigation into the lung injuries associated with use of electronic cigarette, or vaping, products, contact CDC-INFO or call 1-800-232-4636.
CDC recommends that people should not:
Use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC.
Buy any type of e-cigarette, or vaping products, particularly those containing THC, off the street.
Modify or add any substances to e-cigarette, or vaping, products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.
Since the specific cause or causes of lung injury are not yet known, the only way to assure that people are not at risk while the investigation continues is to consider refraining from use of all e-cigarette and vaping products.
If you are an adult using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products to quit cigarette 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.
Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
There is no safe tobacco product. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, carry a risk.
The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for all ages, including youth and young adults. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
Irrespective of the ongoing investigation, e-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant.
If people continue to use e-cigarette, or vaping, products they should carefully monitor themselves for symptoms, and see a healthcare provider immediately if symptoms develop
If you are an adult who is trying to quit smoking:
Contact your healthcare provider if you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
Use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medicationsexternal iconexternal icon.
If you are an adult who is addicted to marijuana:
Effective treatments are available and recovery is possible.
A number of therapy-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, and multi-dimensional family therapy have been shown to help people who are addicted to marijuana.
Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s treatment locatorexternal iconexternal icon to find treatment in your area, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
If you are a teen or young adult who is trying to quit nicotine or marijuana:
Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations treatment locatorexternal iconexternal icon to locate treatment in your area, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens’ What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Teens and Young Adultsexternal iconexternal icon.
Get resources and support at Smokefree Teenexternal iconexternal icon and Truth Initiativeexternal iconexternal icon.
If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette, or vaping, product, contact your health care provider, or you can also call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.