Majority of lung injuries from vaping involve THC products


The CDC, US Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are continuing to investigate the multi-state outbreak of lung injury associated with using e-cigarette products. Twelve have died. Of 514 patients who gave information about their past use of vaping products, 77 percent of them said they had used products containing THC-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Investigators in these two states conducted detailed interviews with 86 patients - mostly young men - and 66% said they had vaped THC products labeled as Dank Vapes.

There have been at least 13 deaths in 10 states: two in California, two in Kansas, two in OR and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

FDA's acting commissioner, Ned Sharpless, MD, said the agency's analysis of vaping products linked to the illnesses covers many chemicals found in e-cigarette liquids including nicotine, THC and other cannabinoids, opioids, cutting agents, pesticides, and other toxins. So far, no single substance or product has been linked to all the illnesses.

So far, 805 cases have been reported in 46 states and one USA territory, and at least 12 people have died.

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The CDC reported on its web page that as of September 19, a total of seven vaping-touching on deaths have been confirmed in six states, however, in step with CNN, the company is expected to update the amount of ailments on Thursday.

The CDC said the increase in cases from the previous report represents both new cases and recent reporting of previously-identified cases to CDC.

What's more, most of the patients reported obtaining the vaping products from informal sources, such as off the street or from friends or a dealer. Prior data from several states indicated that 83 percent to 100 percent of patients reported that they had vaped THC. That caution turned to alarm, though, with an explosion in teen vaping, prompting the federal government and some states to take steps to ban fruit and minty flavors that appeal to youths. Meanwhile, nicotine-containing products were largely purchased from commercial vendors - about 83%.

Some teens who regularly use THC vape cartridges say they are aware of many counterfeit products.

Symptoms of illness related to vaping include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and tend to get worse over time, according to CNBC. Anne Schuchat, CDC's principal deputy director, testified this week that most patients reported purchasing products from people they knew, rather than a store.