The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and local health departments are investigating cases of severe lung illness in people with a recent history of vaping.
Vaping is defined as the use of an electronic device (electronic cigarette, e-cigarette, vaporizer, vape[s], vape pen, dab pen or other device) or dabbing to inhale substances (nicotine, marijuana, THC, THC concentrations, CBD, synthetic cannabinoids, flavorings or other substances).
Vaping Injury Downloads:
- Teens at Risk - Severe Lung Illness in People Who Vape
- Update on Investigation of Vaping-Related Pulmonary Illness
- 2019 Lung Injury Surveillance Case Definition for Out-of-Hospital Deaths (CDC)
- Laboratory Clinical Specimen Collection and Storage Guidance for Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarettes, or Vaping
Learn more about vaping and how to talk to your kids about vaping by visiting:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products Visual Dictionary
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - E-Cigarettes: Talk to Youth About the Risks
- U.S. Surgeon General's Office - How to Talk with Young People
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
- American Academy of Pediatrics Richmond Center - E-Cigarettes: Information and Resources
- Texas Health Steps- Escape the Vape: Help Stop the E-Cigarette Epidemic Among Adolescents Course
- Vaping Prevention Resources for Elementary School Professionals
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration - The Real Cost Campaign
- National Institute on Drug Abuse - Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes)
- National Cancer Institute’s Smokefree Teen - How to Quit Vaping
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
- Truth Initiative
- Adolescent Health - “What’s New”
If you would like to report a case with similar clinical presentation and history of vaping, please report it to DSHS by calling 512-422-0925 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).