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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of vaping-related lung injury. As of October 8, the CDC reported 1,299 cases nationwide, including 26 deaths. Cases have been associated with the use of both regulated and illicit vapor products. Multiple cases have been reported in Washington, including one non-fatal case in Snohomish County.
This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a single cause, but all reported cases have a history of using vapor products. Most patients with severe lung disease have reported a history of using vapor products containing THC. Some have reported the use of vapor products containing only nicotine.
Per an emergency rule approved by the Washington State Board of Health on October 9, sale of flavored vapor products – both nicotine and THC – is banned, among other measures. A message from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board regarding the new regulation is attached.