Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi Outbreak Information: Vaping-Related Lung Illness


The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of severe lung illness related to e-cigarette use (vaping). This investigation is part of a national outbreak of vaping-related pulmonary illness whose cause has yet to be determined.

About This Outbreak

Mississippi Cases

Last updated January 13, 2019.

Outbreak Cases


Since September 17, 2019


9 (82%)



Case Statistics


Male: 8 (73%); Female: 3 (27%)

Age range

  • Under 18 years: 0
  • 18–34 years: 9
  • 35+ years: 2

Product usage

  • Reported exclusive use of THC-containing/CBD-containing products: 6 (55%)
  • Reported using both nicotine-containing and THC-containing/CBD-containing products: 2 (18%)
  • Reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products: 3 (27%)

Healthcare providers: Report suspected cases to MSDH at 601-576-7725 or 601-576-7400 after hours, weekends and holidays.


Symptoms of severe pulmonary disease include:

Symptoms develop anywhere from over a few days of use to weeks of using e-cigarettes. If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like these, see your healthcare provider.


The latest national and state findings suggest that products containing THC that were obtained from informal sources (friends, family, online, in-person dealer, etc.) are linked to most of the lung illness cases and play a major role in the outbreak. However, until an exact cause of the illness has been determined, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions:

Quitting tobacco

E-cigarette use

THC use

Healthcare Providers

Mississippi Healthcare Providers are asked to report any cases of severe pulmonary disease with no clear cause and a history of e-cigarette product use within the past 90 days to MSDH at 601-576-7725. Reporting of cases helps MSDH and the CDC determine more about the cause of these pulmonary illnesses.

Ask all patients who report e-cigarette product use within the last 90 days about signs and symptoms of pulmonary illness.

More Information

Links referenced on this page
More outbreak information from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html
Mississippi Tobacco Quitline    https://quitnow.net/MS/
Find out why    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html
Find out why    https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/substance-abuse/e-cigarettes-pregnancy.htm
Update: Health Professional Advisory: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-Cigarette (Vaping) Product    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,8449,386,pdf/PulmonaryVapingUpdate.pdf
Outbreak information from the CDC: What You Need to Know    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease/need-to-know/

Resources referenced
Update: Health Professional Advisory: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-Cigarette (Vaping) Product    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,8449,386,pdf/PulmonaryVapingUpdate.pdf ok

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