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CHCC tobacco prevention program to extend services to vapers

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation-Division of Public Health Services has included the use of e-cigarettes in its tobacco prevention program after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the public about the “large number of lung diseases” linked to vaping.

The CDC report said some people in the states who use e-cigarettes have developed severe lung diseases that most of the times require hospitalization.

“If you use e-cigarettes/vape and you develop respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, please see your doctor immediately,” CHCC stated.

If symptoms are related to e-cigarette use, the doctor will order more testing such as X-ray or CT chest for further evaluation, CHCC added.

“If you know someone who is using e-cigarettes/vapes and would like to quit, please have them contact the CHCC-Division of Public Health Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, at 323-QUIT(7848),” CHCC communications and public relations specialist Zoe Travis said.

The program assists individuals who are dependent on nicotine products quit nicotine use.

Certified staff will assess a person’s readiness to quit and provide appropriate materials and referrals to aid that individual.