The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued a health advisory with information on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products. The advisory provides background on e-cigarette products, as well as recommendations for clinicians, public health officials and the public based on currently available information. As of Aug. 27, health departments from 25 states have reported 215 possible cases of pulmonary illnesses from users of e-cigarette products, resulting in one death, and additional reports are under investigation.
 
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the department is “using every tool we have to get to the bottom of this deeply concerning outbreak of illnesses in Americans who use e-cigarettes. More broadly, we will continue using every regulatory and enforcement power we have to stop the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. This situation, and the rising tide of youth tobacco use, is a top public health priority for the Trump Administration and every leader at HHS.”

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