Vaping marijuana linked to lung injuries warns CDC

Vaping marijuana linked to lung injuries warns CDC

2,500 vaping-related hospitalizations in the US The CDC started their investigation looking at all cases of lung injury irrespective of the content of the vaping devices – nicotine or marijuana. They noted that illegally purchased THC contained vape products were preferred over nicotine containing products as these produced a greater high and were used in an oil base. These THC cartridges were associated with acute cases of lung injuries reported from eight different states says the CDC. The organization added that even when they found the THC containing cartridges, they could not detect the stores that sold these devices because of lack of information on these illegal products. Callahan, the expert pulmonologist explained that contained in the THC cartridges was vitamin E acetate that could be the most likely cause of the acute lung injuries. He added that this was still under investigation saying that something else could be the cause of the lung damage and vitamin E acetate could just be “an innocent bystander”. The team collected the vaping products from 73 patients of these 79 percent had one or more THC vaping products said the agency. Vitamin E acetate was found in 78 percent of the population tested said the CDC. In a recent study of the 51 cases of acute lung injury due to vaping, vitamin E acetate was found in 94 percent of the cases. The CDC wrote, “Although most EVALI cases have been associated with use of informally sourced THC-containing products, 16 percent of patients reporting use of THC-containing products reported acquiring them only from commercial sources.” Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy adviser said, “The data is clear on two fronts. Legal, licensed products cannot be conclusively stated as safe – as Big Marijuana’s lobbyists have so desperately tried to do – and legalization has only served to make the underground market more dangerous. The significance of this data release cannot be understated.” Based on several reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also announced a couple of weeks back that fruit, candy and mint flavoured vaping fluids would be banned across the nation to prevent children and adolescents from taking up vaping e cigarettes. At present the FDA is also investigating the cases of e cigarette associated acute lung injury among the sufferers. The CDC is also warning that “the best way for persons to ensure that they are not at risk is to consider refraining from the use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products.” Source: Update: Product, Substance-Use, and Demographic Characteristics of Hospitalized Patients in a Nationwide Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use–Associated Lung Injury — United States, August 2019–January 2020- https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6902e2.htm?s_cid=mm6902e2_e



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