(Olive Lundegaard, 10/1/2019) As the investigation into sudden illnesses and deaths related to vaping widens, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new warning on Friday, urging people to stop using THC E-cigarettes, the marijuana -derived ingredient.
While no product or ingredient has been linked to every confirmed case, the CDC reports that its latest findings point to THC E-cigarettes as a link to vaping illness. The specific chemical exposure causing the mysterious illness associated with e-cigarette product use is still unknown.
Joining New York, Michigan, and Federal officials in taking steps to reduce vaping amid the mysterious rise of deaths and illness, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee pushed for a ban of flavored and THC E-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes have been marketed as tools to help smokers quit. However, the rising popularity among youth in the United States and a spike in a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarettes have triggered backlash against e-cigarette companies like Juul Labs, and has heightened regulatory scrutiny into state and federal agencies.
Presently, there are 805 confirmed and probable cases and 12 deaths from the mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.