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Severe pulmonary disease associated with electronic-cigarette (MMWR)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) posted an MMWR Early Release report online regarding health concern associated with e-cigarettes. E-Cigarettes are a trending issue nowadays. Governor of New York announced a ban of flavored e-cigarettes in the state. This would follow a similar ban by other states. This report provides not only the known facts about reported e-cigarettes-related pulmonary diseases but also implication for public health practice. You can find more detailed information at the MMWR report. [Link]

Summary of this report is below.


What is already known about this topic?

Twenty-five states have reported more than 200 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

What is added by this report?

Based on available information, the disease is likely caused by an unknown chemical exposure; no single product or substance is conclusively linked to the disease.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Until a definitive cause is known, persons should consider not using e-cigarettes. Those who use e-cigarettes should seek medical attention for any health concerns. Clinicians should report possible cases to their local or state health department.

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