Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use

Unexplained Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is coordinating with several states to investigate multiple reports of vaping related lung injury.  Healthcare providers and clinicians should report any suspected cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use to their local health department.


The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigation of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use. While recent findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak, the specific chemical exposure causing the lung injuries remains unknown. It is important to remember that no single product or substance has been linked to all cases. More information is needed to know whether one or more e-cigarette or vaping product, substance, or brand is responsible for the outbreak.


As of October 1, 2019, the CDC is reporting 1,080* lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette, or vaping, products from 48 states and 1 U.S. territory. Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.

South Carolina is investigating reports of suspected vaping related illness in all four regions of the state.  Cases range in age from 17-69.  Clinical information regarding cases is provided to DHEC by physicians using CDC approved tools. DHEC in turn provides this information to the CDC, where it is compiled to further the investigation.

SC Cases of Severe Pulmonary Illness Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping
Confirmed or Probable 24

Find more e-cigarette risk information on the DHEC E-cigarettes, Vapes, and Other Tobacco Products page.

*The increase in lung injury cases from last week represents both new patients and recent reporting of previously-identified patients to CDC.

 

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