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Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarettes/Vaping Products: Information for Health Professionals

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working with health care providers to investigate reports of severe lung injury potentially linked to e-cigarette use/vaping. 

Health care providers should:

  • Ask patients who present with pulmonary symptoms about e-cigarette use/vaping.
  • When treating patients with pulmonary symptoms who report a history of e-cigarette use/vaping, obtain detailed history regarding substances used, substance sources, devices used, where the products were purchased, and method of substance use.
  • Consider all possible causes of illness in patients reporting respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms and of e-cigarette product use. Evaluate and treat for other possible causes of illness (e.g., infectious, rheumatologic, neoplastic) as clinically indicated. Consider consultation with specialists (pulmonary, infectious disease, critical care, medical toxicology) as appropriate.
  • Let patients know that the OSDH may be interested in speaking with them and collecting products to test for chemicals that may be involved in the national outbreak.
  • Report cases of severe lung injury of unclear etiology and a history of e-cigarette use/vaping to the OSDH Injury Prevention Service by one of these methods:
    • Call: (405) 271-3430 during regular business hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm).
    • Fax: (405) 271-2799
    • Email: injury@health.ok.gov 


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