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Outbreak – Vaping/E-Cigarette Related Lung Injuries

Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Products

As of Dec. 18, 2019, six cases of electronic, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported in Clark County, Nevada.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with EVALI.

The Health District and the CDC recommend these products never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products. People who currently use tobacco products who wish to quit smoking should use FDA-approved therapies. People should not buy any type of e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly those containing THC from informal sources such as friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers. Devices and substances should not be modified or used in ways that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.

Nevada residents, ages 13 and older who are seeking help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, can contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) from a Nevada area code.

Anyone who used e-cigarettes or vaping products in the last 90 days and developed a severe respiratory illness that is not associated with other viral infections such as influenza or bacterial infections, is encouraged to contact their health care provider to report the illness to the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, (702) 759-1300.

Age GroupNumber of Cases
<181
18 – 243
25 – 492
50 – 640
65+0
Reported Nicotine UseReported THC Use
25

Note: Some patients reported using both substances.

National number of hospitalized EVALI cases reported to CDCNational number of EVALI confirmed deaths reported to CDC
2,60257

updated: 12/19/2019

Vaping/E-Cigarette Related Resources

Vaping/E-Cigarette Related News Releases

9Dec 2019

Fifth vaping-related illness confirmed in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a fifth case of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping product use in a Clark County resident. The individual is over the age of 18. The five reported cases in Clark County include one individual under the age of 18 and two under the age of 20. The first case confirmed in Clark County was reported in September 2019.

14Nov 2019

The Health District promotes its cessation resources in support of the Great American Smokeout

LAS VEGAS – Seven out of 10 smokers say they want to quit. Thursday, Nov. 21, is the 42nd Great American Smokeout, and the Southern Nevada Health District has smoking cessation resources and tools, as well as information about alternative tobacco products, smoke-free living and smoke-free meeting spaces on its GetHealthyClarkCounty.org website to support those taking that first, second, or multiple attempts to quit.

15Oct 2019

Fourth vaping-related illness confirmed in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a fourth case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarettes in a Clark County resident. The individual is over the age of 18. The Health District previously reported cases in an individual under the age of 18 and two over the age of 18. The first case confirmed in Clark County was reported in September 2019. Up to date information on the outbreak is available on the CDC website.

11Sep 2019

Illness in Clark County resident linked to vaping

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s first confirmed case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette products in a person under the age of 18. The youth was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms that met the case definition established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A pulmonary infection has not been identified. The patient was released from the hospital and is recovering.

6Sep 2019

Advisory: Nevada public health authorities recommend ceasing of e-cigarette, vaping product use

Carson City Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada Health District, and Washoe County Health District are warning the public of the potential for severe lung illness associated with the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The public health authorities are advising people not to use vaping products and e-cigarettes. These products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products.

Contact Information

Phone:
(702) 759-1000

Updated on: January 10, 2020

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