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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. 

To locate a local health department, please visit https://odhgateway.odh.ohio.gov/lhdinformationsystem/Directory/GetMyLHD

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 https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0821-cdc-fda-states-e-cigarettes.html


Ohio Vaping Investigation Update

(Information will be updated each Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m.)

Information updated as of 2:00 pm November 14, 2019

Number of cases: 55

Age range: 15-65 years (median age: 21 years)

Gender: 18 Female, 37 Male (67% Male)

Number of hospitalizations: 50 (91%)

Number of deaths: 0

Counties: Brown, Butler (2), Clermont, Cuyahoga (10), Fairfield, Franklin (9), Greene, Hamilton (2), Hancock, Jefferson, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina (2), Miami (2), Montgomery (2), Portage (2), Richland (2), Seneca (2), Summit (6), Tuscarawas, Union (2), Warren, Wayne (2)

Additional illness reports under investigation: 35


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