UMBC’s University Health Services (UHS) is working to educate students and the University community about a new CDC report on an outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping. Students who need more information, have health concerns, or want information about smoking/vaping cessation programs can contact UHS at 410-455-2542.
As of October 1, 2019, 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette/vaping products have been reported to CDC from 48 states and 1 U.S. territory.
Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.
All patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette/vaping products.
Most patients report a history of using THC-containing products. The latest national and regional findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak.
Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain
Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.
Do not buy e-cigarette/vaping products with THC or CBD oils off the street, and do not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
See a healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak.
How Students Can Get Help
Talk to someone at UHS (410-455-2542) or the Counseling Center (410-455-2472).
Contact The Haven at UMBC for recovery and sober living resources.
Visit the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration's treatment locator to locate treatment in your area, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Contact their healthcare provider, or call the local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.