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Vaping Report for Brazoria County

Post Date:12/06/2019 11:09 AM

Brazoria County has 10 cases of lung injuries associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. These cases have come from Pearland, Alvin, Angleton, West Columbia, Lake Jackson, Richwood, and Freeport, ranging in age from 17 to 39.

CDC reports over 2,000 cases of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products across 49 states, and over 30 deaths have been confirmed in 24 states.  

All patients have reported using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. According to the CDC, the latest findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. However, no single compound or ingredient has been found to be the cause of these illnesses.

Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:

  • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • ¬∑nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea
  • fever, chills, or weight loss

These symptoms could develop over a few days or even several weeks. If you have used e-cigarette, or vaping, products within the last few months and start experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical care promptly.

Since a specific compound or ingredient has not yet been found to be causing these lung injuries, refrain from use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products, especially those containing THC. Never buy e-cigarette, or vaping, products off the street, particularly those containing THC, and never modify or add substances to e-cigarette, or vaping, products that are not intended by the manufacturer. E-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. If you are an adult using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes; consider utilizing FDA approved nicotine replacement therapies.

If you continue to use e-cigarette, or vaping, products, carefully monitor yourself for symptoms (as listed above), and see a healthcare provider immediately if symptoms develop.

For more information and recommendations, please visit the CDC website or click here. To report cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department.

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