Health officials are investigating an outbreak of lung illnesses related to e-cigarette use or vaping. Nationwide, there have been hundreds of cases of lung disease, including several cases in New York City.
Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes – are battery-powered devices that heat liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. The act of using an e-cigarette is called vaping.
E-cigarette liquids do not contain tobacco, but they almost always contain flavorings and nicotine, which is addictive. E-liquids may also contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinoid (CBD) oils or other substances and additives.
So far, health officials have not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product linked to lung disease. However, Dr. Kelly Kyanko, primary care physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, is recommending that New Yorkers stop using e-cigarette products.
Dr. Kelly Kyanko, primary care physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
“Until we know more, New Yorkers should consider stopping use of e-cigarettes or vaping products,” said Dr. Kyanko, who is also director of Bellevue’s Stop Smoking Program.
“If you are an adult who uses e-cigarettes because you have quit cigarette smoking, don’t return to smoking cigarettes. See your doctor or find a smoking cessation program to help you quit.”
Here are five things you need to know about e-cigarettes and vaping.
But, the aerosol from heated e-liquids can contain harmful chemicals, such as:
For help quitting smoking or vaping, make an appointment with an NYC Health + Hospitals Tobacco Cessation Counselor.