CDC: THC Products Used in Most Vaping Illness Cases

Vaping linked to 19 deaths in the United States

Vaping linked to 19 deaths in the United States

"The leading hypothesis is that this is related to some chemical exposure from the vaping product that's leading to injury to the lung tissue itself", said Chan. She was among 121 suspected cases that have been reported to DPH since September 11, when MA began mandating that clinicians immediately report any unexplained vaping-associated lung injury to the department.

MA has enforced the strictest temporary ban on e-cigarettes, blocking all sales of the devices, while states like NY and MI have banned only flavored e-cigarettes.

Almost 60 percent of the 570 patients officials have collected data on said they'd used nicotine e-cigarettes, and 17 percent said they had only used nicotine.

Although 78 percent of the cases reported were among patients who had used THC - 37 percent said they had only used THC - health officials are not yet ready to rule out nicotine e-cigarettes as a possible cause of severe lung damage.

Kentucky health officials say they are investigating more than 20 lung injury cases which could potentially be linked to vaping.

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E-cigarettes and vaping products are unsafe and unregulated. Still, others choose vaping as an alternative to smoking marijuana and smoke products that contain THC, the compound in marijuana that gets people high.

Based on this data, the CDC continues to recommend against use of e-cigarettes or vaping products - particularly those containing THC. And the state warned against those that are homemade which often involve modifying or adding substances to products purchased at retail stores.

Schuchat noted the lung injuries seen in patients who have had tissue samples analyzed are not all the same and said this suggests to her that "there may be a lot of different nasty things in e-cigarette or vaping products" and this "may cause different harms in the lung". And it's illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, use, and possess these products.

Public and political opinion appears to be hardening, however, with the administration of US President Donald Trump announcing in September that it would ban flavored e-cigarette products in the coming months.

Though the investigation is ongoing and the cause remains unknown at this time. You may also call the Hawai'i Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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