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Health

Number of hospitalizations potentially tied to vaping increases

A JUUL e-cigarette sits on a display case on July 5, 2018, in Joliet.
A JUUL e-cigarette sits on a display case on July 5, 2018, in Joliet.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of six young people experiencing severe breathing problems after vaping, and is investigating five more individuals.

These individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some also experienced vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. 

IDPH is also working with local health departments, other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the names and types of vaping products, as well as where they were obtained.

The cases live in the northeastern part of the state, as well as in the St. Louis Metro East area.

People who experience any type of chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping in the weeks or months prior to these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Health care providers caring for patients with unexpected serious respiratory illness should ask about a history of vaping.

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