The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim recommendations for health care providers in response to the outbreak of lung injury reported with the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping. To date, the CDC has not identified a specific etiology of the outbreak; its investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance linked to all cases.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and CDC both recommend against the use of e-cigarette products by pregnant and postpartum individuals, children and adolescents, and adults who currently do not use tobacco products.
The CDC has released the recommendations for health care providers while its investigation of the cases continues, which may be accessed here. The recommendations provide, among other things, that health care providers ask all patients who report e-cigarette or vaping product use within the past 90 days about signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and that they obtain a patient history regarding the substance vaped and product history if vaping is suspected as a possible etiology of respiratory symptoms. The full recommendations are here.
ACOG continues to monitor the outbreak and the guidance for health care providers released by the CDC.
For more information on this developing issue, including resources for health care providers and updated statistics on the outbreak, see the CDC’s “Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping” webpage. Click here to identify your local health department.
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