Doctor On Vaping Lung Illnesses: 'We Clearly Are Seeing Something New'

US public officials issue warning on the dangers of vaping following spike in lung-related illnesses Your EDM Staff

US public officials issue warning on the dangers of vaping following spike in lung-related illnesses Your EDM Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning against using counterfeit and bootleg e-cigarette cartridges and liquid, the agencies said on Friday.

The warning specifically points to e-cigarettes and vape products with cannabis in them (THC or CBD), but it suggests that some illnesses have presented themselves after only tobacco use. The root cause remains unclear, but officials said Friday that many reports involve marijuana vaping.

"Stop using any vape and/or e-cigarette devices immediately", the department said Wednesday in a news release. "We strongly urge people not to vape".

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This is incredibly important for a couple of reasons, but the biggest red flag is that THC, as an active ingredient in marijuana-based products, is a controlled substance that is still illegal in Wisconsin.

Unknown adulterants and dubious solvents-such as oils and diluting "cutting agents"-in vaping liquids are now the prime suspects behind the illnesses, which have struck at least 193 people in 22 states since June 28 of this year".

Another 14 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported in NY since state health officials earlier this month first warned that 11 people using vaping devices had to be hospitalized.

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The CDC issued a health advisory Friday on "severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products".

The CDC has not identified one common product, but the CDC and Food and Drug Administration warned the public not to buy vaping products off the street.

The details of the causes were not yet known, the Health Department said. Some media outlets are reporting that the illness may be caused by high-concentrate exposure to THC, but that has not been substantiated in any way and appears to be entirely incorrect. We continue to gather information about the names of the products used, where they were purchased, and how the products were used. We'll have to wait and see what the state-specific investigations uncover, but it wouldn't be shocking to learn that most, if not all, reveal that street-bought THC products are to blame.

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Meanwhile, local e-cigarette giant Juul is fighting a local fight in San Francisco with an expensive ad campaign promoting a ballot measure to overturn the city's ban on e-cigarette sales.

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