As Connecticut’s Department of Public Health continues to investigate 31 cases of lung injuries related to vaping — including four which have occurred in Stamford residents without fatality — Stamford’s Department of Health would like to share the following information.
Stamford’s cases of lung injuries related to vaping range from ages 16 to 63 years old, with the majority requiring hospitalization. Cases of hospitalization can occur as quickly as the same day of reported symptoms, to months after first symptoms. There is currently no classic clinical picture linked to lung injuries associated with vaping. Individuals who use e-cigarettes or other vaping products and develop respiratory, gastrointestinal, or other symptoms should see their healthcare provider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not yet identified the specific chemical or chemicals responsible for the outbreak of lung injuries related to vaping. There is insufficient information to determine the long term effects of these chemicals on the body and the lungs.
Cases of lung injuries in Stamford are similar to national reports showing products containing THC exclusively, nicotine and THC in combination, or nicotine exclusively have caused symptoms. With this information in mind, the Stamford Health Department cannot exclude nicotine products from having a potential role in this outbreak of cases.
Stamford Department of Health recommends adhering to the CDC’s guidelines related to vaping:
- Avoid using e-cigarettes or vaping products that contain THC.
- Do not buy any type of e-cigarette or vaping product off the street.
- Do not modify or add any substances to e-cigarettes or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
- Avoid using e-cigarettes or vaping products that contain nicotine.
- If you are an adult using e-cigarettes or vaping products in an effort to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes. Instead, see your healthcare provider for assistance with smoking cessation.
- If you are an adult who is addicted to marijuana, see your healthcare provider for assistance with your addiction.
If you are a teen or young adult who is using nicotine or marijuana, try quitting by visiting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Locator at https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ to locate a treatment location in your area, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens at https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-you-have-problem-drugs-teens-young-adults/.