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Vaping Safety

Lung Diseases

Starting in July 2019, media reports began to appear about people, especially young people, being hospitalized with serious lung disease caused by vaping. In late August, 2019, the first death was reported related to lung disease from vaping. Now, several people nationwide have died from this lung disease. While the cause of this illness is under investigation by National Jewish Health and many other research organizations, it is not yet fully understood. While many of the cases might have been related to adding Vitamin E to vaping liquids, some people who became ill for still unknown reasons. The CDC recommends:

  • • Consider not using an e-cigarette or vaping products.
  • • If you recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and have respiratory symptoms, see a healthcare provider.
  • • Do not buy e-cigarettes or vaping products off the street, and do not add any substances to vaping products.
  • • Youth and young adults should not use these products.
  • • Women who are pregnant should not use these products.

Young people (under age 18) who want to stop vaping, can enroll in the My Life, My Quit™ program online or by calling 855.891.9989855.891.9989 Adults (age 18 or older) can call 1-800-QUITNOW ( 1.800.784.86691.800.784.8669 ) for more information and tips about how to quit.

Additional Tips

Did you know nicotine is a dangerous poison? Or that people have been seriously injured or killed by exploding vape parts? If you decide to vape, follow these tips:

  • • Don’t splash any refill liquid on you or leave an open bottle unattended.
  • • Don’t mess with the battery or other parts. Batteries can explode!
  • • Replace the battery if it gets wet and follow all instructions about charging.
  • • Keep your device away from extreme temperatures — like parked cars in the summer heat.


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