VAPING-RELATED LUNG INJURIES
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report on October 4th highlighting some facts about the recent outbreak of lung injuries related to vaping. The spate of hospitalizations appears to have started in July of 2019. As of October 1, 2019, there were 1,080 reported cases matching the CDC criteria and 18 deaths. Those afflicted are typically male and in their early twenties. No single cause has been associated with all reports. Only 578 patients (about half) reported on what they had vaped in the 3 months prior to symptom onset. Of these, 78% reported using THC-containing products, and 58% reported using nicotine-containing products. Many reported using both.
There has been enormous speculation about the possible causes of these injuries. Blame and attention has tended to focus on flavoring agents and thinning and thickening additives, particularly vitamin E acetate – additives that Project CBD has been warning about for years. Others have speculated that synthetic cannabinoids may be playing a role. Several state health departments have noted that injuries seem to correlate to THC vape cartridges that had been illegally manufactured and purchased in the “black market.”
If you have experieced vaping related lung injury