MONROE – The Union County Division of Public Health is participating in a multistate investigation of severe lung disease and deaths associated with electronic cigarette use.
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As of Sept. 11, 380 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 36 states and one U.S. territory. The number of reported illnesses includes six deaths.
The exact number of cases associated to e-cigarette use is unknown, but patients have reported using e-cigarettes containing cannabinoid products such as THC or CBD. In North Carolina, 28 cases had been reported to the Division of Public Health as of Sept. 11.
“While we do not know of any lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette use in Union County, the increasing use of these products is very concerning,” said Dennis Joyner, public health director.
Joyner recommends e-cigarette or vaping users to see a doctor if they have symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever or weight loss.