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What's vaping?

Vaping works by using a device that heats up a liquid to produce an aerosol that users then inhale into their lungs. The vaping liquids are unregulated and may contain various chemicals such as nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), pharmaceutical drugs, heavy metals, or other substances. If you would like to learn more about vaping and the current outbreak, the CDC is a good resource.

If you are interested in quitting vaping, these resources can help:

  • Visit VDH quitline online or call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Take the WahooWell well-being survey and make an appointment to speak with a well-being specialist.
  • Make an appointment with a Medical Services provider to discuss quitting strategies.

HW2K: Vaping

If you have recently vaped, seek medical attention immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: 

  • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain

Some patients have reported their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported their symptoms developed over several weeks.

The latest findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigation suggest that most individuals who have experienced lung injuries vaped products containing THC, although no single product, substance, or device has been linked to all cases.  Therefore, the CDC recommends refraining from vaping, particularly substances containing THC.  If you continue to vape, it is recommended that you not buy vaping products off the street or modify or add additional substances to the products.

Note:  If you use e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.  Smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications, rather than e-cigarettes. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact a healthcare provider. In addition, free cessation counseling may be obtained by contacting the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) quitline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or