Health Alert: Lung Illness Associated with E-Cigarettes/Vaping!
An outbreak of serious lung disease associated with vaping is occurring in California and states across the U.S. Deaths have been reported, including that of a Los Angeles County resident.
For information, please review the following excerpt from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products and the related resources.
Recommendations for the Public
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products
- California Department of Public Health: FAQs: Risks of Vaping Unlicensed or Unregulated Cannabis or Cannabidiol (CBD) Products
- County of Los Angeles Public Health: It's Time to Talk About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes
General Information on Cannabis, Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping
What You Need to Know About Cannabis/Marijuana
What You Need to Know
- Per the federal Controlled Substances Act, cannabis/marijuana (and hashish, hash oil, honey oil, wax...) is an illegal substance. Medicinal marijuana and synthetic marijuana (also known as K2 and spice) are also illegal.
- Based on federal laws, Cal State LA prohibits the unlawful possession, manufacture, cultivation, distribution, use, and sale of illegal drugs and controlled substances on campus or on property owned and controlled by the university.
- California's Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act does not override federal laws or Cal State LA policies.
Avoiding Cannabis/Marijuana Reduces Risk of Harm
Risks associated with cannabis include:
- Physical: Impaired coordination, balance, and reaction time; nausea; dizziness; increased appetite; lung damage; increased appetite; seizures; stroke; violence...
- Psychological: Anxiety; impaired memory and judgment; disorganized thinking; hallucinations; panic attacks; paranoia...
- Other: Academic and legal problems; campus sanctions; crashes resulting from driving under the influence; financial aid ineligibility...
For information on Cal State LA Policies, please see:
For information on responsible use, please see:
Resources for those under the age of 21
- Drug Enforcement Administration (2017). Drugs of Abuse. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved from https://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (2017). Marijuana. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://d14rmgtrwzf5a.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/1380-marijuana.pdf.
What You Need to Know About the Smoke, Vape and Tobacco Free Policy
Per California State University Executive Order (EO 1108), "Effective September 1, 2017, all California State University campuses shall be 100% Smoke Free and Tobacco Free. Smoking, the use or sale of tobacco products, and the use of designated smoking areas are prohibited on all California State University properties. Members of the CSU community are expected to fully comply with the policy..."
EO 1108 includes the following definitions:
- Means the use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and other “smoke” emanating products including e-cigarettes, vapor devices and other like products are prohibited on all University properties.
Smoke or Smoking
- Means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, cigarillo, pipe, hookah, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoke” or “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking.
- Means the use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuffs, and other tobacco products are prohibited on all University properties.
- Means —
- A product containing, made or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, and snuff.
- An electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah.
- Any component, part, accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately.
- “Tobacco product” does not include a product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product or for other therapeutic purposes where the product is marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.
- Means —
Quick Facts on Smoking, Tobacco and Vaping
Smoking & Tobacco
The best thing someone who smokes can do for their health, as well as for the health of those around them, is to quit smoking:
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
- Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
- Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
For information on smoking and tobacco, please see:
E-Cigarettes | E-Cigs | Vapes
Although some studies indicate using e-cigs may be safer than smoking tobacco, e-cigs are not without risk and there is "no body of research which points to definitive e-cig safety."
- Nicotine is highly addictive — whether it's found in a cigarette, cigar, hookah, or e-cig — and may lead to addiction to other substances.
- The human brain doesn't reach full maturity until the mid-20s. Nicotine adversely affects brain development, and can result in attention and learning deficits, mood disorders, lowered impulse control, susceptibility to addiction, and other negative health impacts.
- Nicotine exposures from e-cigs can result in acute poisoning and death.
- With or without nicotine, e-cigs may contain harmful, toxic and cancer-causing substances.
- E-cigs (and other tobacco products, such as hookahs) are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
For information on e-cigs, please see:
Smoking Cessation Help & Quit Resources
For Students: Smoking Cessation at the Student Health Center
For your health: The Student Health Center's pharmacy has over-the-counter nicotine gum available at no cost for students who are interested in smoking cessation and need temporary relief from nicotine cravings. Students seeking smoking cessation assistance may also schedule appointments with a Student Health Center physician for evaluation and care.*
For information or to schedule a confidential appointment, call (323) 343-3302.
*Note: These services are based on eligibility to use Student Health Center services. Please click on Eligibility for information.
For Employees: Breaking Free Tobacco Cessation from LifeMatters®
Breaking Free is a telephone coaching and counseling tobacco cessation program offered through LifeMatters® by Empathia, Cal State LA's confidential employee assistance program. For information or to sign up, call LifeMatters® at (800) 367-7474. Additional information is also available by visiting www.mylifematters.com and entering GOEAGLES, the Cal State LA LifeMatters® access password. An overview of Breaking Free is available through the home page "Services" tab.
Questions related to this and other LifeMatters® programs and services (e.g., counseling, work/life resources and referrals, financial consultation with a certified financial counselor, and legal consultation with an attorney) may also be directed to Erika Ramirez, Cal State LA Human Resources Management, Employee and Labor Relations, at (323) 343-3654.
For Everyone: Smoking Cessation Resources*
*Depending on the resource, assistance is available: at no cost or for a fee; through an app; via online chat; or by phone (including text). All provide online information and some include free materials available for download.
Substance Use and Dependence Concerns
Students with concerns related to substance use and dependence may seek confidential assistance (i.e., not subject to disciplinary action) from on-campus medical providers and counseling and psychological services by calling:
Employees with substance use and dependency concerns may seek care through their personal healthcare providers and/or seek assistance from LifeMatters,® Cal State LA's confidential employee assistance program at (800) 367-7474. Additional information is available by visiting www.mylifematters.com and entering GOEAGLES, the Cal State LA password to access LifeMatters.®
Personal healthcare provider/health plan
Apps & Resources
Apps (Apple App Store and Google Play)
CSU/Cal State LA Resources
California State University Executive Order (EO 1108)