According to news reports, a case of vaping related illness has been reported in Clark County, Ohio as well as a number of other cases throughout the state. This may cause concern for our patients who have chosen to vape. In an effort to keep our patient’s informed, here are the current CDC recommendations related to vaping:
“CDC recommends that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers. While this investigation is ongoing, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
In addition, people should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments. CDC will continue to update guidance, as appropriate, as new data become available from this outbreak investigation.”
Keep in mind that these recommendations may be updated from time to time so check with the CDC if you still choose to vape. We encourage patients to contact their dispensary if you have any questions related to product content and we want to emphasize that you should not use products that are not intended for vaping or that do not come from a licensed Ohio dispensary.
Patients who have been diagnosed with this illness have reported symptoms that include respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or chest pain. They also may report nausea; vomiting abdominal pain or diarrhea; fever; chills and weight loss.
If you have had any serious respiratory illness, and you have vaped within the last 90 days, you should contact your healthcare provider right away or contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222.