Dawn Bush – Public Health Program Coordinator
Chemung County Health Department
What the Public Needs to Know
Investigation: On Sept 6, 2019, the CDC announced an investigation notice regarding the 450
plus cases of lung illness and five confirmed deaths associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Cases
have been identified in 33 states, including New York State. Many patients report using ecigarette
products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC). Vitamin E acetate is one key focus of the NYS Department of Health’s investigation,
although the investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is
linked to all cases.
Symptoms of Lung Illness: Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms, including:
- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Fatigue, fever or weight loss.
Recommendations for the Public: While the investigation is ongoing, the CDC, FDA, and
NYS Commissioner of Health recommend not using e-cigarette products. Anyone using vape
products should never use unregulated products purchased "off the street" or modify vape
products on their own. If you do use e-cigarette products and experience the above symptoms,
seek medical care promptly or call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
The CDC, FDA, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners
continue to investigate this outbreak. As the short-term and long-term impacts of e-cigarette use
continue to be examined, local towns, cities, and counties can adopt policies to reduce usage
rates in their municipalities. For more information, contact the Chemung County Health
Department at (607)-737-2856.