HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is urging residents to stop using e-cigarettes while a nationwide outbreak of cases of severe pulmonary illnesses possibly linked to use of these products is investigated.
According to a DPHHS press release, as of Sept. 6, a total of 33 states have identified 450 potential cases of the severe lung illness.
The DPHHS is investigating several potential cases in Montana, but have yet to confirm any in the state.
Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also common.
No single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with the illness.
DPHHS urges residents to never buy e-cigarettes off the street, as they may be modified in ways not intended by the manufacturer. They also warn youth, young adults and pregnant women to never use e-cigarettes.
Anyone who uses e-cigarette products and is experiencing respiratory issues should promptly consult their provider.