Public agencies advise people to stop using e-cigarettes and vaping

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Health District, Carson City Health and Human Services and the Southern Nevada Health District are all warning about the risk of severe lung illness associated with vaping and e-cigarettes.

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If you use those types of products, you are advised to stop immediately. Public health officials say vaping and e-cigarettes should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not otherwise use tobacco products.

The Centers for Disease Control reports there have been 450 potential cases and three deaths associated with severe lung illness. Investigators have not identified any link between the cases, other than the patients all reported vaping or e-cigarette use.

The patients say the symptoms came on gradually, including:
- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Fatigue, fever or weight loss

The Food and Drug Administration encourages the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco or e-cigarette–related health product issues at its safety reporting portal or by calling 1-800-222-1222.

Health officials say there have not been any reported cases in Nevada.

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