Public health officials at state and local levels in Ohio have confirmed three reports of severe pulmonary illness in patients who vape.

Officials are also currently investigating 11 additional reports of illness.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its public recommendations on vaping. 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has asked healthcare providers to report all suspected cases of severe pulmonary illness where the cause is unclear and where patients have a history of vaping.

The three patients in Ohio's three confirmed cases all required hospitalization and ranged in age from 18 to 26-years-old and included two females and one male.

The CDC is reporting more than 200 possible cases from 25 states, and its updated recommendations on vaping for the public include:

  • While the investigation is ongoing, people should consider refraining from using an e-cigarette or vaping products if they are concerned about health risks.
  • Regardless of the investigation, e-cigarette and vaping products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • Do not buy vaping products off the street - you do not know what they really contain that could be harmful to your health. Vaping products purchased on the street may contain THC or other cannabinoids.
  • Do not modify e-cigarette or vaping products or add any substances to them not intended by the manufacturer.
  • If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms, and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.
  • If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or go to the ODH website for information about resources, including the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).