The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported on September 16, 2019, that it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use.
To date, the CDC has confirmed twenty-six deaths and is investigating 1,299 confirmed or probable cases of the vaping-related illness in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory.
While the cases have not yet been linked to a specific product or ingredient, health officials have urged consumers to quit vaping altogether. Anyone who has breathing problems after vaping, such as a dry, or unproductive, cough; shortness of breath and chest pain that worsens with deep breathing, should report them to their doctor.
The American College of Emergency Physicians supports a ban on smoking or vaping in public places. The association is also in favor of increasing taxes on tobacco and nicotine products, with the revenue generated used to fund prevention and cessation research and provide evidence-based interventions.