Currently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and several state and local health departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak of lung injury related to e-cigarettes. To see the latest information on this outbreak, including symptoms and guidance for physicians, CLICK HERE.
Local officials have urged anyone who is currently vaping to stop. According to Dr. Sarah Moyer, Mayor Greg Fischer's Chief Health Strategist, family physician, and director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness, "Investigators have not been able to narrow down the cause of this very serious lung injury to any single or group of vaping products. Right now, we can't say that ANY vaping products are safe to use and don't cause this lung condition.”
Health Effects of Vaping presented by Rui Zhao, MPH to Louisville Metro Council's Health and Education Committee on Oct. 30, 2019
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) created the Vaping Equals Campaign to help students, educators and parents learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Coalition for a Smoke-free Tomorrow are leading the charge in Kentucky to reduce the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes through poliicy changes. The Foundation has also created two educational presentations on the dangers of vaping.
E-cigarettes and You: What's the Problem (for Adults)
E-cigarettes and Youth: Whats the Problem (for Youth)
The U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, has called youth vaping an epidemic. Read his 2016 Report on ecigarette use among youth and young adults. Check out the Surgeon General's Know the Risks: E Cigarettes and Youth Vaping website.