County Issues Warning about Vaping & Severe Lung Illness

Mason County officials are warning residents about vaping and its connection to severe lung illness.

Mason County Public Health, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Health and the Center for Disease control, is currently investigating a probable case of severe lung illness linked to use of vaping products. At this time the investigation is ongoing, but the case has been reported to the Washington State Department of Health per recent guidelines issued for severe lung illness reporting. The patient is currently receiving appropriate care and is stable.

Vaping devices—also known as JUULs, e-cigarettes, a-cigs, vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, mods, tanks, or electronic nicotine delivery systems —can contain nicotine, marijuana, or other substances like flavoring agents and chemicals.

The Washington State Department of Health and Mason County Public Health would like to remind people the healthiest option is to not smoke or vape.

If you continue to use vaping devices, you should monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health. You should never buy vaping products with THC or other cannabinoids off the street, and you should not modify or add any substances to these products not intended by the manufacturer.

For more information on the Washington state investigation, please refer to the “Severe Lung Illnesses” page on the Department of Health’s website www.doh.wa.gov. For more detailed information on the federal investigation, please refer to the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/index.htm