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Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
August 16, 2019

Judith M. Persichilli
Acting Commissioner

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New Jersey Department of Health Issues Health Alert on Severe Lung Illness in People Who Report Vaping

The New Jersey Department of Health today sent a statewide health alert to health care providers and local health departments following recent reports of severe lung disease in people who have used vaping products.

At this time, the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating nine reports from healthcare facilities of severe lung illness in people who report vaping. Cases in New Jersey have been primarily reported among persons between the ages of 17 to 35 with no significant past medical history.


This is a new investigation and we are working to gather as much information as possible. We are working with the CDC as we gather information to determine if these cases fit the clinical picture being described by other states.


The current risk to individuals who use vaping products and develop lung issues as described by CDC is currently not known.

However, there are inherent dangers with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products. E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.

For more information on the health concerns associated with e-cigarettes and similar vapor products, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

Last Reviewed: 8/16/2019