Health officials are reporting an outbreak of serious vaping-related lung disease. The number of deaths is rising. A common factor appears to be vaping cannabis products, but unknown additives in all vape liquids may be the cause.

Experts recommend no vaping or e-cigarette use while these illnesses are being investigated. If you or someone you know has lung problems after vaping, seek medical attention.

Health authorities continue to warn that youth, young adults, and pregnant women should never use vape products.

What is vaping?

WHAT WE KNOW: More teens are using vape devices or e-cigarettes for inhaling marijuana and nicotine. Nationally, approximately one in 10 high school students reported ever vaping marijuana. The small vape devices are nearly odorless and can avoid detection at home and at school. Vape devices heat quickly to dispense high-potency THC products, nicotine, flavored liquids, and other drugs.

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING: Because their brains are still developing, young people who vape may experience more harm over time and with increased use. One vape manufacturer admits that long-term effects are unknown and has said, "Don't use this product."

What’s in the vapor?

WHAT WE KNOW: The cloud is aerosol, not water vapor. Some of the chemicals that may be inhaled include: heavy metals such as lead, nickel and chromium; formaldehyde; and artificial flavors linked to serious diseases.

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING:  Besides the known negative health effects of vaping cannabis, studies indicate that vaping by youth may lead to nicotine addiction.

“It is urgent that teens understand the possible effects of vaping on overall health; the development of the teen brain; and the potential for addiction.”

Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse