An Epidemic Supplanted by a Pandemic: Vaping-Related Illness and COVID-19

In this podcast CME course, Vaping-related Illness and COVID-19 is discussed.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers of all specialties may benefit from the information presented.

Learning Objectives

Prior to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) pandemic, vaping-related illness was the prevailing public health concern. The incidence of vaping related illnesses, mainly e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) declined with the arrival of COVID 19 but EVALI should still be considered as a differential diagnosis for people with COVID-19 for reasons outlined in this review. In this podcast, Dr. Yoo Mee Shin, a hospitalist at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Dr. Joyce Akwe, Chief of Hospital Medicine at the Atlanta VA HealthCare, will discuss Vaping-related Illness and COVID-19, a topic addressed in an upcoming Southern Medical Journal article authored by Drs. Shin, Akwe,and Daniel Hunt.


At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Summarize the adverse health effects of vaping on the lungs and other systems;
  • Recognize the potential interplay between vaping and COVID-19;
  • Better understand the various vaping devices.

Additional Information

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Course summary
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  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Yoo Mee Shin, MD

Dr. Yoo Mee Shin went to medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her internal medicine residency program at Emory University. Dr. Shin has remained as faculty and works primarily at Emory University Hospital Midtown as a hospitalist. She loves working with her patients and enjoys the variety and acuity of disease. 

Joyce Akwe MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Joyce Akwe is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is the Chief of Hospital Medicine at the Atlanta VA HealthCare system. Her interests are in Quality Improvement in medicine, Medical Education, and Medical Simulation. She has completed and published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, or book chapters.

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For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board. All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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