Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) and Similar Vapor Products

Health Advisory: Outbreak of Pulmonary Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products

What are E-cigarettes 

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.  Use of an e-cigarette is often called "vaping" or "JUULing."

Pulmonary Illness Associated with Black Market Vaping Products

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has received numerous reports from New York State physicians of severe pulmonary (lung-related) illness among patients ranging from 15 to 46 years of age who were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product prior to becoming ill. Click here for a breakdown of reported patients by region. 

Laboratory test results show very high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing samples analyzed by New York State’s Wadsworth Laboratory as part of this investigation. At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient that submitted a product for testing.

Anyone using vape products and experiencing symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, fever, nausea or vomiting should contact their health care provider immediately. Health care providers should report possible cases to their local poison control center (1-800-222-1222).

People should never use products purchased “off the street” because they may contain unknown and harmful ingredients. Cannabis-containing products are not legally available in New York State for recreational use.  See pictures of Black Market Vaping Product here.


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