Smoke-Free North State
Vaping Associated Illnesses
Many Local Health Departments and community based organizations are receiving calls from the public about the recent vaping associated Illnesses reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To assist you, here is a list of resources that may be helpful:
- The California Smokers’ Helpline offers vaping cessation services including telephone counseling, text messaging, web chat, and an online app to help tobacco users quit. For more information and resources for youth, young adults and parents, call 1-800-NO BUTTS or visit their website: www.nobutts.org.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a webpage for the public with all the latest information and recommendations regarding the Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use and information for the public, health care providers, and state and local health departments: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease/need-to-know/index.html
- The California Department of Public Health has developed a Q&A document on the Risks of Vaping: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/Pages/RisksofVaping.aspx
In response to the outbreak and numerous probable and confirmed cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated they would develop a plan over the next several weeks to address tobacco flavors. While this news from the FDA is encouraging, it is unknown how long it will take the FDA to formulate its plan, what it will do, or how long it will take to implement. Local communities in California should continue moving forward with proven local policies and not continue to wait for unspecified action by the FDA to address the flavored tobacco epidemic and help prevent youth from starting to use these dangerous products.