The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Have issued an advisory urging everyone to refrain from vaping effective immediately, due to a
continued increase in vaping-associated pulmonary injury. Until the
cause of the condition is known, the state is advising against ALL
manner of vaping or electronic cigarette use.
EFFECTS OF VAPING
According to the CDC: “Vaping is inhaling aerosol from an e-cigarette or
other vaping device that heats a liquid that can contain nicotine,
marijuana (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) or other substances.
As of October 29, 2019, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
has confirmed more than 1,800 cases of vaping-associated pulmonary
injury (VAPI), with 37 deaths reported nationwide.
The CDPH has identified 136 cases of acute lung disease in California
among people with a history of vaping cannabis or nicotine. All patients
required hospitalization, with some needing respiratory support. Three
deaths associated with the disease also have been reported.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
As valued members of the UC San Diego community, we urge you to observe
the following CDPH recommendations:
• Quit vaping altogether, no matter the substance or source. For those
who continue, please avoid purchasing any vaping products on the street
and never modify a store-bought vape product.
• Anyone with a history of vaping who experiences difficulty breathing
should seek immediate medical attention. Early treatment is essential to
preserving lung health.
• If you decide to stop, do not replace vaping with smoking combustible