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ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, THE PRACTICE OF “VAPING,” “JUULING” AND USE OF OTHER ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR ENDS

Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illness

The Tennessee Department of Health is asking health care providers across the state to report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices.

Patients have had symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, with symptoms growing worse over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms may include fever, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a health care provider.

TDH will investigate any cases reported to look for common factors and collect information on specific components or brands of vaping products that may be the source of the illness.

x-ray image of lungs

Cases reported in Tennessee (as of October 10, 2019): 49*

 

*Evidence of respiratory illness, with no other cause identified, and report vaping in the last 90 days

How can health care providers report potential cases?

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