The Maryland Department of Health is investigating cases of individuals who have developed severe lung illness with no clear infectious cause after using e-cigarettes, or “vaping.” Similar cases have been reported in other states across the United States and are described on the CDC Webpage. See Maryland information and FAQs here.
Patients report using e-cigarettes or vaping in the weeks or months prior to the onset of symptoms. Respiratory symptoms reported include: shortness of breath, chest pain, pain on breathing, wheezing, coughing, and coughing up blood. Other symptoms reported by many patients include: fever, chills, nausea, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain.
The best way to keep yourself safe is to not use e-cigarettes or vapes.
If you want to stop using e-cigarettes, or any tobacco product, you can call the Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW: Trained professionals are there 24/7 to help you.
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