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Vaping update: 2019 outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes

The update will include a brief introduction to e-cigarette product usage and associated exposures, an overview of the CDC response to the outbreak and CDC resources, lessons learned from sentinel case clusters reported from Wisconsin/Illinois and North Carolina and results of recent toxicological research identifying effects of e-cigarette exposures on pulmonary lipid homeostasis and innate immunity.

Background: In the summer of 2019, clinicians first recognized an outbreak of severe lung disease in users of e-cigarette products.  As of September 11, 2019, 380 cases had been identified across the United States in 36 states and one territory. 

Session Name: Update on the 2019 Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with e-Cigarette Product Use (Vaping)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 20 from 10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. CT
Location: CHEST Annual Meeting 2019
Room 386


  • David Weissman, M.D, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Respiratory Health Division, will provide an overview of e-cigarette products, associated exposures and CDC response to the national outbreak.
  • Jennifer Layden, M.D, Illinois Department of Public Health, will share lessons learned from the outbreak of pulmonary illness related to e-cigarette use in Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • Kevin Davidson, M.D, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, will share lessons learned from the outbreak of e-cigarette-associated lipoid pneumonia in North Carolina.
  • Farrah Kheradmand, M.D, Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss the impact of e-cigarette use on pulmonary lipoid homeostasis and innate immunity.

Contact: Amy Jenkins
CHEST Press Room
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