NEWS | September 6, 2019

If you vape, be on the lookout for dangerous health symptoms

State issues a warning about vaping-associated pulmonary injury


The California Department of Public Health has issued an alert about an increase in vaping-associated pulmonary injury. 

Since late June, the agency has identified more than 70 potential cases of acute lung disease in California among people with a recent history of vaping cannabis or nicotine, including one case in Sacramento County. All patients have required hospitalization, with some needing breathing support. Two deaths associated with the disease also have been reported in Los Angeles and Tulare counties.

Symptoms of the condition are:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (sometimes)

Anyone who uses vaping products and has difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention. Early treatment is essential to preserving your lung health. Your vaping products also may be collected by local public health officials for testing to help determine the cause of the condition.

For those who vape and want to quit, the California Smokers' Helpline can assist.