Lung Disease and E-Cigarette Use: 9 Recommendations for Clinicians

September 17, 2019

There have been 7 e-cigarette-linked deaths in the US. A new CDC Health Advisory offers 9 recommendations for clinicians who suspect a vaping-related lung illness.

According to a newly released statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 380 confirmed and probable cases of lung disease associated with electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use in the US. A count released by the CDC just days earlier was higher because it included possible cases that were being investigated by states; the current number reflects confirmed (patient recently used e-cigarette product, developed a breathing illness, and testing did not show infection) and probable (patient recently used e-cigarette product, developed a breathing illness, and has had some tests to rule out infection) cases. Because of this, the current total is expected to rise as more cases are classified. (continued below)