The California Department of Public Health has issued an advisory urging everyone to refrain from vaping due to a continued increase in vaping-associated pulmonary injury.
In recent months, the agency has identified more than 170 potential cases of acute lung disease in California among people with a history of vaping cannabis or nicotine, including one case in Sacramento County. All patients required hospitalization, with some needing respiratory support. Four deaths associated with the disease also have been reported in Kings, Los Angeles, Marin and Tulare counties.
Symptoms of the condition are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting or diarrhea (sometimes)
Until the cause of the condition is known, the state is advising against all vaping.
Anyone with a history of vaping who experiences difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention. Early treatment is essential to preserving your lung health. Your vaping products also may be requested for testing that can help determine the cause of the condition.
For those who vape and need help quitting, the California Smokers' Helpline can assist.