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Vaping-related lung illness

By

Erin Mortensen

September 10, 2019

Over the past several months there have been over 400 cases in over 30 states of individuals sickened with a severe lung disease. Although the CDC is warning against all vaping, there appears to be a heightened risk for those that are vaping THC oils. 

Persons who use e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to consume nicotine or oils/resins extracted from marijuana may be at risk as investigators have not been able to determine whether a specific device or type of vaping liquid is responsible.

The FDA is warning that there appears to be a particular danger for people who vape THC. The FDA states that a significant subset of samples of vaping fluid used by sick patients included THC, and also contained a chemical called vitamin E acetate. 

The FDA issued this statement: “Because consumers cannot be sure whether any THC vaping products may contain vitamin E acetate, consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores.”

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