The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention have reported 4 more cases of lung illnesses have been reported in the state. All of which have a direct relation to e-cigarette products. This brings the total to 5 in the state of Maine, 45 other states have reports of e-cigarette related illnesses causing over 800 hospitalizations and 12 deaths. The CDC did say there is not one specific brand that is causing these illnesses.

According to the Maine CDC they have these recommendations:

  • If you vape and have symptoms of lung illness, see your health care provider.
  • If you are a health care provider and suspect a case meets the lung illness criteria, call 1-800-821-5821 or email disease.reporting@maine.gov. Please do not include personally identifying patient information.
  • Schools needing policy or education assistance related to e-cigarettes/vaping may contact a local tobacco prevention provider ctimaine.org/resources/local-prevention-partners/.
  • Learn more about e-cigarettes in this toolkit.
  • If you've never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don't start. If you use these products, help is available.

Free support to quit or help someone quit:

Phone: Call the Maine Tobacco HelpLine at 1-800-207-1230 to talk with a quit coach.
Web: Visit thequitlink.com for support, whether you are ready to quit or just thinking about it.
Support includes developing a plan to quit, texts, advice, and a supportive community of tobacco users who have quit.
Text: The Truth Initiative offers free text message programs for youth and young adults who want to quit vaping or smoking. It presents content by age group to give appropriate advice about quitting. It is also a resource for parents looking to help their children.

  • Text Quit to 202-804-9884 to quit JUUL or e-cigs.
  • Text QUITNOW to 202-759-6436 to quit cigarettes.