Vaping E-Cigarette Health Related Injury


Inhaling the vapor created by an electronic cigarette or vape pen is referred to as vaping. These battery powered smoking devices have cartridges filled with a liquid usually containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. The device heats the liquids into a vapor which the user then inhales.

The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, like vape pens, comes with many risks.

Risks Related to Vaping 

  • Exposure to nicotine: Nicotine is highly addictive, can harm adolescent brain development, and is toxic to fetuses.
  • Exposure to aerosols: Aerosols may contain harmful substances including cancer-causing chemicals and tiny particles that reach deep inside the lungs.
  • Increases risk of using other tobacco products: For teens and adolescents, it serves as a gateway to using combustible cigarettes.
  • Poisoning: Accidental exposure to even small amounts of liquid nicotine – as little as a teaspoon - can be fatal to children and a slightly larger amount could kill an adult.
  • Burns: Batteries can explode, causing severe injury.

The CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping, products.

Symptoms of Vaping-Related Lung Injury

If you, or someone you know, use vaping products and develop symptoms such as:

  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea
  • Fever, chills, or weight loss

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION if you, or someone you know, is experiencing these symptoms.

Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.

Visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department for more information at or the Centers for Disease Control at

Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your medical provider or local health department.

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