PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT:
Serious and Life-Threatening National Outbreak of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)
Download ALARACT 086/2019 SEVERE LUNG INJURY ASSOCIATED WITH E-CIGARETTE USE (12Dec2019)
Download the Army's Public Health Alert - Severe Lung Illness Associated with E-Cigarette Use (11Sep19)
Download the Army's Public Health Alert (Update 1) - Severe Lung Illness Associated with E-Cigarette Use (17Sep19)
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in this article refers to all types of personal vaporizers, vape pens, and vape mods. They can contain just as much or even more nicotine than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette cartridges (e-liquids) or oils may also contain harmful products and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a smoking-cessation aid.
Key Points about E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping
Toxicological assessment of electronic cigarette vaping: an emerging threat to force health, readiness and resilience in the U.S. Army: This article by the Army Public Health Center analyzes the potential adverse health effects from vaping E-cigarettes and regulatory policies governing their use.
- If you have never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, do not start.
- E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
- While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
- Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
- Users of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizer pens must ensure that the products they purchase do not contain Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or synthetic cannabinoids
- Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
E-cigarettes are considered by the Army to be in the same category as tobacco products and may not be utilized in any government building.