The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of severe lung illness related to e-cigarette use (vaping). This investigation is part of a national outbreak of vaping-related pulmonary illness whose cause has yet to be determined.
About This Outbreak
- Nationally, all reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.
- Most of the cases have reported vaping cannabis products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Many patients have reported using THC and nicotine. Some have reported the use of e-cigarette products containing only nicotine.
- The specific cause of these lung injuries remains unknown. No single e-cigarette product, device or ingredient has been consistently identified in all cases.
Last updated October 7, 2019.
Since September 17, 2019
Under 18 years: 0
18–34 years: 5
35+ years: 0
Healthcare providers: Report suspected cases to MSDH at 601-576-7725 or 601-576-7400 after hours, weekends and holidays.
Symptoms of severe pulmonary disease include:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- nausea or vomiting
Symptoms develop anywhere from over a few days of use to weeks of using e-cigarettes. If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like these, see your healthcare provider.
Until an exact cause of the illness has been determined, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions:
- If you are concerned about the health risks, consider refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products.
- If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
- If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported above, see your healthcare provider.
- If you are an adult who wants to quit smoking, use approaches that are approved and effective. The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline offers free, expert help in quitting.
- Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products. Find out more »
- Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products. Find out more »
- Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.
The Mississippi State Department of Health cautions Mississippians to not buy products off the street containing THC or other cannabinoids. Do not modify or add substances to e-cigarette products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
Mississippi Healthcare Providers are asked to report any cases of severe pulmonary disease with no clear cause and a history of e-cigarette product use within the past 90 days to MSDH at 601-576-7725. Reporting of cases helps MSDH and the CDC determine more about the cause of these pulmonary illnesses.
Ask all patients who report e-cigarette product use within the last 90 days about signs and symptoms of pulmonary illness.