Vaping-related lung disease: what you need to know

A/Prof Coral Gartner

writer

A/Prof Coral Gartner

Associate Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Prof Wayne Hall

writer

Prof Wayne Hall

Professor and Director, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, The University of Queensland

More than 2,000 people in the United States have developed serious lung damage in a poisoning outbreak associated with the use of vaping devices this year. At least 39 people have died from the condition.

Most of those affected are young men. Their symptoms, which developed over a few days to several weeks, included cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, chills, and weight loss.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently named this combination of symptoms – “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury”, or EVALI.

Importantly, it has now implicated vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to illicit cannabis vaping liquids, as the most likely cause of EVALI.

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Associate Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

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Prof Wayne Hall

Professor and Director, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, The University of Queensland

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