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The Center for Disease Controls reports that as of September 24, 2019, there have been 805 cases of lung injury reported from 46 states and one U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states. As of September 25, 2019, Colorado has had 8 confirmed cases, 6 hospitalizations and no deaths associated with sudden and severe lung illness associated with vaping. Delta County has no confirmed cases at this time.
We do not yet know the specific cause of these lung injuries. The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases.
The Colorado Department of Environment states that “Colorado has an unusually high rate of teen and young adult nicotine vaping”.
Vaping products contain more than just harmless water vapor. The agents causing this illness could possibly be pesticide contamination, residual solvent contamination, additives with unknown inhalation effects, or heavy metals contamination inhaled from vaping products.
Public health recommendations:
The best way to protect yourself against vaping-related illness is to stop vaping. Learn about free resources available to help adults and youth quit all tobacco products at coquitline.org or 1800-QUITNOW.
To stay updated nationally and in Colorado you can visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/vaping-lung-illness https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html