On October 8, 2019, Governor Steve Bullock directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
Severe Pulmonary Disease Among People who Use E-Cigarettes
As of October 8, 2019, the CDC is investigating 1,299 confirmed and probable cases of severe pulmonary illnesses possibly linked to e-cigarette use, also known as vaping in 48 states and one territory. Additionally, 26 deaths associated with severe pulmonary illness have occurred. Patients presented with respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea, and diarrhea. No infectious cause was identified with these patients. All patients have reported vaping in the weeks and months prior to illness. Products used by patients may contain THC, CBD, nicotine, flavors and other chemicals. While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses.
At this time, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has two confirmed cases in Montana. DPHHS is continuing to work with local health departments to investigate possible affected persons and is also coordinating with federal and state partners on continued surveillance, including case definition and case investigation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. If it is a medical emergency call 9-1-1 or the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222).
Healthcare providers treating patients with recent e-cigarette use and respiratory illness similar to cases described by clinicians in Illinois, Wisconsin and North Carolina are asked to notify their local health department. Additional provider-specific guidance can be found here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Notices and DPHHS Media Statements
Press Release: Montana's First Confirmed Case of Severe Pulmonary Illness
Press Release: Montanans Urged to Stop Using E-cigarettes
CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Clinical Action Message
CDC Media Statement: CDC, states investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes
Information on e-cigarettes and the known associated health risks
E-cigarettes, Vapes & JUUL: The New Nicotine Addiction in Montana
CDC Infographic Electronic Cigarettes: What’s the Bottom Line
Educate Young Patients about the Risk of E-cigarettes
Need help quitting?
Montana Tobacco Quit Line – For help quitting tobacco, including e-cigarettes, visit quitnowmontana.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
My Life, My Quit – Youth (anyone under the age of 18) who need help quitting tobacco, including e-cigarettes, can text “Start my Quit” to 1-855-891-9989 or visit mylifemyquit.com.
To report concerns about a tobacco or e-cigarette product, contact the Federal Food and Drug Administration through the FDA Safety Reporting Portal.
DPHHS Public Information Officer