State health officials have confirmed that three people have suffered from a severe pulmonary illness likely due to vaping.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, an alert was sent to healthcare providers last month asking them to report suspected cases of serious pulmonary illness “where the cause is unclear with a history of vaping.”
The ages of the individuals in the three confirmed cases are between 18 and 26 years old. The cases are in Lucas, Richland and Union counties, officials said. ODH is also investigating 11 additional reports of illness.
State officials said the CDC has reported more than 200 cases from across the country and has updated its recommendations on vaping.
- While the investigation is ongoing, people should consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products if they are concerned about the health risks.
- Regardless of the investigation, e-cigarette and vaping products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
- Do not buy vaping products off the street – you do not know what they really contain that could be harmful to your health.
- Vaping products bought on the street may contain THC or other cannabinoids.
- Do not modify e-cigarette or vaping products or add any substances to them not intended by the manufacturer.
- If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.
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