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Vaping-Related Lung Illness Investigation

The Arkansas Department of Health is warning Arkansans who use an electronic smoking device, e-cigarette, or vape about the risk of a potential lung illness. Further investigation is ongoing to determine the possible cause of the illnesses. 

Current Cases as of March 5, 2020  
Confirmed 8*
Probable 15
Under Investigation 0
Total 23

* Due to a change in case definitions, some previously confirmed cases have been reclassified.

Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, and fatigue. A few patients also reported fever, nausea, and diarrhea. The symptoms may worsen over days and weeks. Of the confirmed cases, all patients had vaped in the weeks and months leading up their hospitalization. People who experience any type of chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping should seek medical attention.

Clinicians who become aware of cases are encouraged to report them to ADH Outbreak Response at 501-537-8969.

Those interested in quitting tobacco and nicotine can call Be Well Arkansas at 833-283-WELL (9355). Wellness counselors help Arkansans quit tobacco through coaching and providing nicotine replacement therapy at no cost. The wellness counselors are available on weekdays Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downloads & Resources
ADH News: Vaping Associated Illness
Public Health Advisory: Vaping Associated Illness


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