The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have identified five people who have developed severe pulmonary disease in the past two months, often referred to as "vaping"   Respiratory symptoms reported by patients include shortness of breath, respiratory pain, and cough Other reported symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
To date, none of the cases in Maryland has been fatal. These cases are part of nearly 200 reported cases of vaping-related illness in 22 states, resulting in at least one death.
"The Maryland Department of Health is taking this issue seriously and is working with local health departments, centers for disease control and prevention and food and drug management to identify anyone who may be experiencing such symptoms, "said MDH Public Health Deputy Secretary Francis B. Phillips.
The cause of these diseases is not yet known and has not yet been associated with any particular device, substance or brand. People who became ill were reported to be using a variety of vaping products, including those containing marijuana and THC and those containing nicotine.
"This is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness," says Bruce Anderson, CEO of Maryland Poison Center, "If you have used e-cigarettes in the last weeks or months or have started having trouble breathing, stop using these products and seek immediate medical attention. ”
Many vaping products have been found to contain substances that may be toxic by inhalation and may not be mentioned on the product packaging.
"There is so much that we do not know about the content of these products. The best way to protect yourself is not to use e-cigarettes or mucous membranes, "says Dawn Berkowitz, director of the MDH Tobacco Prevention and Control Center." We know quitting is difficult, but resources are available to help. specialists are available 24 hours a day to help stop smoking or smoking. ”
MDH encourages caregivers of patients with unexplained serious respiratory illness to ask for a history of recent use of e-cigarettes or vaping and
MDH will publish updated case information when it becomes available at https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/Pages/VapingIllness.aspx. help stop using these devices or any tobacco product, call 1