Ge­or­gia DPH In­ves­ti­gat­ing Pos­si­ble va­p­ing-re­lated Ill­nesses

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The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Public Health (DPH) is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble cases of se­vere res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness in in­di­vid­u­als who re­ported va­p­ing. Symp­toms, which worsen over time, in­clude cough, short­ness of breath fatigue, chest pain, nau­sea, vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhea.

Mul­ti­ple states have re­ported sim­i­lar cases re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and patients be­ing placed on ven­ti­la­tors. There are no re­ports of death re­lated to th­ese cases, at this time. Many patients ac­knowl­edged a his­tory of va­p­ing nico­tine and/or prod­ucts containing THC, the com­po­nent in marijuana that gives the high sen­sa­tion. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC) and state in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not iden­ti­fied any spe­cific prod­uct or com­pound that is linked to all cases. Ev­i­dence does not in­di­cate an in­fec­tious dis­ease is the cause of the ill­ness.

DPH has re­quested that health care providers through­out Ge­or­gia ask patients pre­sent­ing with se­vere res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness about the use of prod­ucts (de­vices, liq­uids, re­fill pods) used for va­p­ing nico­tine and/or THC, and re­port pos­si­ble cases to the Ge­or­gia Poison Cen­ter. Patients with a his­tory of va­p­ing who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing breath­ing prob­lems should seek med­i­cal care.

E-cig­a­rettes and other va­p­ing de­vices are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not cur­rently use tobacco prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to the CDC. Use of th­ese prod­ucts can in­crease the pos­si­bil­ity of addiction and long-term harm to brain de­vel­op­ment and res­pi­ra­tory health.

For more in­for­ma­tion about e-cig­a­rettes and va­p­ing, log on to https://www.­sic_ in­for­ma­tion/e-cig­a­rettes/ about-e-cig­a­rettes.html.

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