Protect yourself from vaping-related lung illness
Western Washington University’s Counseling, Health and Wellness Services wants to inform the campus community about the ongoing outbreak of vaping- related lung illness and fatalities across the nation. This outbreak is linked to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, including THC.
As of Oct. 22, 2019, there have been more than 1,600 confirmed cases of vaping related lung illness and 33 confirmed deaths in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspects the cause may be some type of chemical exposure, although investigations continue.
Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fever or abdominal pain. According to the CDC, these symptoms can occur over a few days to several weeks. Should a person experience these following the use of vaping products, it is strongly encouraged they seek immediate medical attention.
It is also strongly recommended a person never buy products from an informal source or off the street as these are susceptible to tampering. Youth, young adults and pregnant women are encouraged not to use vaping products due to other potential health risks.
If you currently use vape or e-cigarette products and are considering quitting, you can contact ADCAS on campus (360-650-6865) or the Student Health Center (360-650-3400) to discuss options and support services, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updated current outbreak information: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html.