Vaping Related Lung Illness: A Summary of the Public Health Risks and Recommendations for the Public

California Department of Public Health

Health Advisory – September 24, 2019

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations are complete. Since June 2019, CDPH has received reports that 90 people in California who have a history of vaping were hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage, and two people have died. Across the U.S., there are over 500 reports of lung damage associated with vaping across 38 states and 1 U.S. territory, and more reports are coming in nearly everyday.

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CDPH Tobacco Free California Website:

The California Smokers’ Helpline offers vaping cessation services including telephone counseling, text messaging, web chat, and an online app to help all tobacco users quit. For more information and resourcesf or youth, young adults and parents, call 1-800-NO BUTTS or visit:

If you suspect your child is vaping, visit for more information on the health effects and actions you can take. You can download the parent’s guide for information on how to talk to your child about vaping.  

For help on how to quit vaping marijuana, consult a doctor or contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

For additional information, please review the CDC’s recommendations about the vaping-related lung injuries: