Health Authorities: Stop Vaping

State health authorities, including the Washoe County Health District, are warning people to stop vaping. Three deaths around the country prompted the alert.

“The CDC reported 450 potential cases and three deaths associated with severe lung illness,” the district announced today. “At this time, investigators have not identified any specific product or compound that is linked to all cases; however, all patients have reported e-cigarette product use or vaping. In many cases, but not all, patients reported recently using products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).”

Those affected reported respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and vomiting.

No cases have been reported in Nevada.

Authorities specifically recommended against buying vape and THC products off the street.

Those struggling to quite tobacco products may contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now.

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