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Vaping Update - What's the latest, and what should I do??

Contributed by Nancy Reynolds on 10/15/19 

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If you're considering either reducing or cutting out vaping altogether, the IC Center for Health Promotion can help you figure out strategies that will work best for you.

Our services include:

  • BASICS (Balancing Alcohol & Substance Use To Improve College Success). BASICS involves nonjudgmental, in-person sessions to explore your use pattern and identify strategies for change. Meetings are free and confidential.
  • THRIVE Wellness Coaching. Wellness coaching sessions are similar to BASICS, with an exploration of strategies to address the many dimensions of wellness. Topics for conversation may include sleep, eating well, stress management, and others.
  • Pick up a free Quit Kit in our Health Promotion Resource Room. 

Here's the latest news from the CDC:

  • As of October 8, 2019, 1,299 lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, products have been reported to CDC from 49 states, and 1 U.S. territory.
  • Twenty-six deaths have been confirmed in 21 states.
  • At this time, FDA and CDC have not identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries among patients, and the only commonality among all patients is that they report the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
  • To date, national and state data suggest that products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g., friends, family members, or illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.
  • While this investigation is ongoing, CDC recommends that people:
    • Should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC.
    • Should not buy any type of e-cigarette, or vaping products, particularly those containing THC, off the street.
    • Should not modify or add any substances to e-cigarette, or vaping, products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.
  • Given that exclusive use of nicotine-containing products has been reported by a small percentage of persons, and that many people with these lung injuries report combined use of THC- and nicotine-containing products, we cannot exclude the possibility that nicotine-containing products play a role. Therefore, at present, CDC continues to recommend that people consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain nicotine.

 

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