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).
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).