EMERGING HEALTH CONCERN
Public Health — Seattle & King County is closely monitoring the ongoing investigation of the severe lung disease associated with using vaping devices and e-cigarette products. There has been one confirmed case in King County.
- First case of vaping-related lung illness confirmed in King County, Public Health Insider blog
- Tobacco and vapor use in Seattle and King County and related articles
- Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products, CDC
- Public Health – Seattle & King County Media Briefing on Vaping Illness in Washington, Facebook
- Executive Constantine on urgent action needed to address youth vaping
- Up-to-date information on the outbreak in Washington
For providers: Report patients hospitalized with severe pulmonary disease of unclear etiology and a history of e-cigarette or vaping product use within the past 90 days to Public Health at 206-296-4774.
Health and Human Services priorities regarding marijuana legalization
Marijuana use by adults has been made legal in Washington state, but it is not without health risks. It is difficult to predict how marijuana will impact any individual because it has not been studied as much as tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
In the context of a growing market and evolving regulatory oversight, local and regional governments have an important role to play in monitoring the impact of this policy change.
King County is committed to:
- Working with partners to apply a public health lens to this issue,
- Protect the public from unintended consequences and
- Prevent negative health impacts, particularly on youth
Youth Health and Marijuana
The King County Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is a regional effort led by Public Health - Seattle & King County and the King County Department of Community and Human Services, with funding support from the Washington State Department of Health's dedicated marijuana account.
We look forward to working with community partners on this initiative to reduce underage marijuana initiation and use in King County by:
- Providing information and training opportunities for the King County region
- Utilizing data to inform programs and activities
- Communicating with youth and adults who influence them about health impacts and the law
- Engaging youth leaders
- Supporting therapeutic approaches to marijuana-related discipline in school
- Encouraging health and education systems to adopt and use screening and referral systems
More about Youth Marijuana Prevention
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/marijuana