In the last year, two new diseases have emerged with significant and lasting impact on the lung: E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) and COVID-19 pneumonia.  This session will address new information and challenges related to both diseases. Vaping has increased in popularity, especially among youth, and in late 2019, EVALI was first described.  While the outbreak has subsided, recognition of the symptoms, association with marijuana use, and radiographic findings of EVALI remain important.  Further, providing tobacco and marijuana cessation guidance remains critical.  The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by SARS-Cov2 virus, has burdened healthcare workers and scientists across the globe. COVID-19, often associated with severe pneumonia and systemic illness, has resulted in significant morbidity and mortality in the US and we can continue to learn and discover its full impact.  Additionally, COVID-19 has unmasked major health disparities in our healthcare system that we must address.

Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 11/12/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe important epidemiologic trends in E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)
  • Recognize symptoms of EVALI and recommend appropriate management, including attention to tobacco and marijuana cessation
  • Describe the epidemiology and clinical presentation of COVID-19 illness
  • Recognize the available treatment options for severe COVID-19 illness
  • Explore the components of healthcare disparities that have been highlighted by COIVD-19


Clara Schroedl, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education 
Medical Director of Continuing Medical Education 
Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
Chicago, IL

Khalilah Gates, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education 
Assistant Dean of Medical Education 
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
Chicago, IL 


The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Clara Schroedl, MD, MS: No relevant financial relationships disclosed. 

Khalilah Gates, MD: No relevant financial relationships disclosed. 

Tyler J. Gluckman, MD, FACC, FAHA (Moderator): No relevant financial relationships disclosed. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CME/CE Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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