CDC finally agrees Black Market THC -not nicotine – primary cause of vaping crisis
Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally acknowledged that the majority of “vaping-related” lung ailments are directly linked to Black Market THC products. Conventional nicotine vapes that are currently regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are most likely non-related.
The outbreak is causing widespread confusion among consumers, vape shop owners, and even politicians largely because the CDC, the FDA, and the mainstream media have been focusing their negative attention on the vaping of flavored nicotine e-liquids. On September 4, Michigan became the first state in the union to ban the sales of flavored vapor products. Completely lacking in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order was any reference to either cannabis-enhanced vapes or combustible tobacco products.
As the fear and anxiety continued to mount during the CDC’s silence, the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and to a limited degree California issued similar executive actions. Washington State and Vermont are currently considering similar bans due to the CDC’s nearly two-month delay in announcing the true health concern of marijuana vaping rather than nicotine or flavored vapes.
CDC: What to know about the ‘vaping-related’ health crisis
According to the CDC public statement, 77 percent of the 805 patients reporting lung injury from vaping admitted to using THC-containing products. Only 16 percent claim exclusive use of conventional, FDA-approved nicotine vapes. However, this latter figure strangely coincides with the precise number of reported cases linked to underage vapers – teenagers under the age of eighteen.
Furthermore, two-thirds of all cases reportedly appear in young adults between the ages of 18-21. These smaller percentages are leading many public health experts to consider that the numbers of illicit use of Black Market THC products may be even higher since youngsters are far less likely to be completely truthful due to fears of parental retribution. Here’s the full overview of the numerical documentation provided by the CDC.
- 805 cases of mysterious lung ailments currently under investigation
- 46 states and 1 U.S. territory are affected
- 12 deaths in 10 states are being attributed to the illegal vaping of cannabis substances
- 69 percent of cases are male
- 62 percent are males and females between the ages of 18-34 years of age.
- 22 percent of cases are in patients ages 18-21
- 16 percent of patients are under the age of 18
- 77 percent of patients admit to using THC-containing substances
- 36 percent admit to exclusive use of THC-enhanced products.
- 57 percent admit to using conventional nicotine vapes
- 16 percent admit to exclusive use of nicotine vapes
The CDC press release also offers some recommendations for Americans regarding vapor products. On a positive note, the nation’s top public health agency is finally recommending that vapers do not return to smoking combustible tobacco products. Yet, even though the CDC’s own scientific data confirms that cannabis-infused e-liquids are the primary cause for the associated respiratory disorder, it still recommends that Americans avoid use of all vapor products – even FDA-regulated nicotine e-cigarettes.
“While this investigation is ongoing, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC.”
Now that the CDC has come closer to providing the American People with the truth about the “vaping-linked” lung disorders, will the public confusion over the perceived safety of e-cigs finally begin to subside? According to a recent Morning Consult poll, an astonishing 58 percent of respondents mistakenly believe that traditional, FDA-regulated nicotine cartridges are to blame for the mysterious outbreak. Only 34 percent believe that Black Market marijuana products are the likely cause.
Meanwhile, the CDC report also states, “Dank Vapes appears to be the most prominent in a class of largely counterfeit brands, with common packaging that is easily available online and that is used by distributors to market THC-containing cartridges with no obvious centralized production or distribution.” However, in the very same report, the CDC further claims that no single product of substance can be held accountable for the totality of medical diagnoses. Other brands under suspicion include TKO, Moon Rocks, and Off White.
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