First vaping-related injury reported in Yakima County

First vaping-related injury reported in Yakima County

The Yakima Health District has announced the first case of a vaping-associated lung injury in Yakima County.

The case is part of a national outbreak and the Yakima Health District is working closely with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) as well as national health officials. Specific details of the case have not been released.

“We know e-cigarettes and vapor products are not safe, and we urge people who don’t currently use them not to start,” said Dr. Teresa Everson, health officer for Yakima County. “If you continue vaping, monitor yourself for symptoms and seek medical care immediately if you have concerns about your health.”

DOH and local health officials are currently investigating 20 cases in Washington state. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 2,291 cases including 48 deaths.

The only commonality among all cases nationally is that patients use e-cigarettes or vapor products. CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with vaping associated lung injury, but does not know enough yet to rule out other possible causes.