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Health Alert: Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) is urging residents to stop using vape or e-cigarette products immediately.

As of September 5, there are 34 confirmed cases of Wisconsin residents hospitalized for severe lung disease and damage from vaping. Nationally, over 200 possible cases are being investigated.

In Wisconsin, the majority of cases have reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC products, such as waxes or oil concentrates. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and is often times mixed with other chemicals and additives that are unknown, unregulated, and unsafe. Vaping nicotine products can be equally harmful because of their unknown and unregulated nature.

“I urge everyone that currently uses vaping devices to inhale THC or nicotine to stop immediately, and encourage others to not begin using these products,” says Janel Heinrich, PHMDC’s Health Officer. “Parents and educators can also help by talking with youth, since no amount of marijuana or nicotine use during adolescence is ever safe.”

Anyone who has used vaping products and is experiencing unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, nausea, vomiting, fever, and weight loss should talk to a healthcare provider.

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Learn more: Wisconsin Outbreaks Investigation Website