Health Promotion

The Student Health Center’s Department of Health Promotion (DHP) empowers students to achieve optimal health and wellbeing through engaging and effective health education programs and activities.  Hosted throughout the year, these clinic services and campus programs promote not only healthier lifestyles but also a healthier campus culture and an enhanced learning environment.   

Within DHP highly skilled and well-trained peer health educators design and facilitate interactive, engaging, and educational programs and activities.  The Love Lab program and the Fitbit Challenge are just two of the popular programs hosted throughout the year. 

For more information about the Department of Health Promotion, please contact Albert Angelo, Senior Health Educator, at aangelo@csusb.edu or (909) 537-3296.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an advisory urging everyone to refrain from vaping due to a continued increase in vaping-associated pulmonary injury. 

 

Vaping is inhaling aerosol from an e-cigarette or other vaping device that heats a liquid that can contain nicotine, marijuana (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) or other substances. The shapes and sizes of these devices vary and include colorful vape pens, modified tank systems, and new pod-based devices that can look like USB flash drives, cell phones, credit card holders, and highlighters. These devices are frequently referred to as e-cigarettes, ecigs, vapes, vape pens, electronic vaporizers, pod mods, or pod systems.

 

As of October 22nd, 2019, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed over 1,600 cases of vaping associated pulmonary injury (VAPI), with 34 deaths across the United States.

 

The California Department of Public Health has identified 136 cases of acute lung disease in California among people with a history of vaping cannabis or nicotine.  All patients required hospitalization, with some needing respiratory support. Three deaths associated with the disease also have been reported.

 

Symptoms of the condition are:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (sometimes)

 

The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. 

 

At this time, no single compound or ingredient used in e-cigarette, or vaping, products has emerged as the cause of this outbreak. 

 

There are many different possible ingredients added to cannabis and nicotine to make the cartridges, waxes, and oils used for vaping. Multiple people who were diagnosed with lung damage from vaping say that they received the cannabis products from unlicensed smoke shops or individuals. Vape products sold by unlicensed retailers are not tested and can contain harmful ingredients. We do not know yet if all of the people in the country with this illness use the same vape products, or if the products were contaminated with the same substance.

 

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html