Vaping-related illness sends two soldiers to hospital

Julia LeDoux
October 09, 2019 - 1:31 pm
Soldier vaping


Two active-duty soldiers are being treated for vaping-related illnesses at Army medical facilities.

“We’ve seen two cases of vaping-related illness in active-duty soldiers,” Chanel Weaver, public affairs chief for Army Public Health, tells Connecting Vets. “These are the only two cases we know of.”

In the stateside case, the soldier has been treated and released. The soldier who is stationed overseas is still being treated.

The Army is the first branch of the U.S. military to report cases of the ailment, which has been tied to at least 23 deaths across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 1,000 people across the country have come down with a vaping related illness. 

The Army Public Health Center issued a health alert Sept. 10 warning soldiers and family members who do not currently use tobacco products to avoid all e-cigarette and vaping products, particularly those sold off the street or modified to add any substances not intended by the manufacturer.

Exchanges on Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard bases removed all e-cigarettes from their stores under a rule that went into effect Oct. 1. The Marine Corps Exchange is waiting on legal guidance from the Navy Secretary and the Pentagon and is still selling the products.

No more e-cigs, vape products at AAFES stores beginning Monday

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