Severe Pulmonary Illness Linked to Vaping
The Ohio Department of Health and local health departments are investigating reports of severe lung disease among people who reported recent vaping. Currently, there are no known links to a specific type of product. Vaping products contain many substances and may include nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination of these.
Anyone who thinks that they may be experiencing serious breathing problems linked to vaping should seek immediate medical attention. If you are a healthcare provider and wish to report a possible case, please contact your local health department.
Information about resources to help people quit smoking and vaping are available on the cessation page of the ODH website, including the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).
For federal recommendations, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Ohio Vaping Investigation Update
Information updated as of 2:00 April 12, 2021
Number of cases: 105
Age range: 15-65 years (median age: 25 years)
Gender: 31 Female, 74 Male (70% Male)
Number of hospitalizations: 99 (94%)
Number of deaths: 0
Counties: Ashtabula, Belmont, Brown, Butler (3), Champaign, Clark, Clermont (4), Cuyahoga (16), Darke (2), Delaware, Fairfield (2), Franklin (12), Greene (2), Hamilton (3), Hancock (2), Jefferson, Lake (2), Licking, Lucas (5), Mahoning (3), Marion, Medina (3), Miami (2), Montgomery (7), Paulding, Perry, Portage (2), Preble, Richland (3), Ross, Seneca (2), Stark, Summit (7), Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union (2), Warren (2), Wayne (2), Wood
Additional illness reports under investigation: 6
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