Mahoning County health officials urge caution for e-cig, vape users
Mahoning County health officials are recommending that people who use vaping products be cautious but are not condemning their use unless they contain THC or are sold on the street.
Reacting to nearly 1,300 cases of lung injury and 26 deaths linked to vaping in the U.S., the Mahoning County Board of Health on Wednesday adopted a resolution supporting information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about e-cigarettes and vaping.
Like the CDC, the county health board is recommending that people not use e-cigs or vaping products containing THC, buy any e-cigarettes or vaping products off the street, or modify any of those products.
Since some of the lung injuries were found in people who exclusively used nicotine in those products, the CDC recommends that people consider refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products containing nicotine.
The health board recommends that people using e-cigarettes or paving products should see a doctor if they develop symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, or weight loss.
The board also recommends that adults trying to quit smoking or vaping should ask a health care provider for help, using counseling and FDA approved medications.
People addicted to marijuana or nicotine are being advised to seek treatments such as therapy. To find treatment in your area, call 1-800-662-HELP.