Severe Lung Injury and Vaping

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is investigating a growing number of cases of e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). 

While this investigation is ongoing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC. To learn about free resources to help you stop vaping or using other tobacco products, visit our page on Kentucky's free quitlines

If you recently have used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, see a healthcare provider.

DPH is working closely with healthcare providers, local health departments, the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and other states to gather information about this outbreak. 

This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause; but, all reported cases involve a history of using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods and/or cartridges). More information on the CDC investigation, including the latest outbreak information and what the CDC recommends, is available on its website.

Clinicians should report suspected cases to DPH using the Kentucky Reportable Disease Form.

What Are E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, heat a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. This liquid usually contains nicotine, the same addictive chemical used in cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. E-cigarettes also can be used to deliver marijuana or other substances. 

Some e-cigarettes are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Others resemble USB sticks, pens and other everyday items.

EVALI in Kentucky

Cases Reported for Investigation: 57
Confirmed Cases: 10
Probable Cases: 12
Ruled Out Cases: 14
Deaths: 1*

*This death is also included in the probable case count.

Ruled-out cases were reported to DPH but determined not to include a documented history of vaping or otherwise did not meet the case definition.

Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kentucky Reportable Disease Form (EPID 200)

Clinician Alert, Severe Lung Injury Associated with Vaping

Press Release

Fact Sheet

Key Messages from the CDC

Additional Information