Do You Ask Your Patients About Vaping Now?

November 20, 2019

In October, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coined a new medical term to describe the cases of severe pulmonary disease that have occurred among e-cigarette users: "EVALI" for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury illnesses. As of early November, the CDC was aware of 2051 cases of EVALI in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and US Virgin Islands; there have been 39 deaths.

"The trend in cases appears to be downward, but some states continue to be hard-hit and this continues to be a very active investigation," CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat, MD, said during a call with reporters. Researchers in the field say much more research is needed on the safety of using e-cigarettes and vaping.

Please tell us about how you talk to your patients about vaping. As you answer the following questions, please consider vaping to encompass the use of both e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

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