Concerns over cannabis vaping-related deaths and illnesses continue to mount, as U.S. Health Officials again warned people to stop vaping until investigation is completed to determine why some consumers are coming down with serious and even fatal breathing illnesses. These illnesses and deaths include individuals vaping marijuana. Public health officials reported that a person in Oregon who recently died of a severe respiratory illness used a vape pen containing cannabis oil from a legal dispensary.
Health officials in some states reported that a number of people who got sick had vaped products containing THC. Wisconsin public health officials reported last month that 89% of the people they interviewed who became sick reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC. In New York, 32 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported with a “vast majority” involving people who vape illicit marijuana. None of these illnesses and deaths have involved medical marijuana products sold in compliance with state law.
No single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with the illness or death, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent Health Alert Network warning noted that “many patients have reported using e-cigarettes containing cannabinoid products such as THC or CBD [cannabidiol].”
The CDC reports that nearly 450 people nationwide have been stricken with this lung illness that is potentially vaping-related, including cannabis vaping. Six have died.
In response to the horrific vaping-related illnesses and deaths, New York has become the second state to ban all flavored e-cigarettes besides tobacco and menthol. Michigan announced the ban earlier this month.
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