Vaping Health Emergency: What to look for, and what to do

October 1, 2019

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What is Vaping?

Since their introduction to market in 2007, vaping devices (or “vapes”) have become a popular way, especially among younger people, to consume tobacco or nicotine. Rather than producing smoke, these devices release vapor. Vapes use a battery to heat e-liquid and e-juice into an aerosol that is then inhaled through a mouthpiece into the lungs, much like a cigarette. Companies that produce vapes have recently come under a lot of scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for mislabeling their devices as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products like cigarettes. As it turns out, there are very serious health risks associated with using vaping devices regularly.

Examples of vaping devices or brands include:
  • E-cigarettes
  • E-hookahs
  • Vape pens
  • Vape MODs
  • JUULs

The Dangers of Vaping:

With the reported number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths continuing to increase, New Yorkers are right to be worried. As of Sept. 20, 2019, 530 cases of severe pulmonary disease had been reportedly linked to e-cigarette and vaping-product usage. In response, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued a health advisory warning of potential dangers these products pose to you and your loved ones. AdvantageCare Physicians wants to ensure that you are aware of this critical situation, understand the dangers vaping presents, can identify the signs of vaping-related illness, and know what to do if the use of vaping products causes a health emergency.
 
Symptoms to Look Out for:

If you or a loved one have used vaping products in the last 90 days, look out for any of the following respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms:
  • Coughing
  • Stabbing or burning chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
 
Actions You Can Take for Your Safety:
If you or a loved one use e-cigarettes or vape products and are experiencing any of the concerning symptoms above, we recommend that you immediately contact your health care provider for further evaluation. When you meet with your provider, share your substance use history with them. It is important to identify and begin any needed treatment options before you develop more serious conditions. You can schedule an appointment with your provider at ACPNY.com.

In case of emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
 
Important Notice:

Currently, many people use vapes and e-cigarettes to quit traditional cigarettes. ACPNY does not recommend a return to traditional cigarette smoking. You should talk to your healthcare provider about safe and effective methods for quitting smoking.
 
 
Additional Resources for the Safety of You and Loved Ones:
 
New York State Vaping Hotline
888-364-3046

E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults Fact Sheet
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf

E-cigarettes and Youth: What Parents Need to Know
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/pdfs/OSH-E-Cigarettes-and-Youth-What-Parents-Need-to-Know-20190327-508.pdf

Know the Risks: Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf
 

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