As of December 3, 2019, there were 48 confirmed deaths and 2,291 cases of lung illness associated with e-cigarette use reported by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories. The investigation is still ongoing, but vitamin E acetate has been identified as a chemical of concern. This is often added as a thickening agent to e-cigarette or vaping products that have THC in them. There may also be other chemicals of concern as the investigation continues. Patients with lung illness have reported using over 152 different THC-containing product brands, so the illness is not likely associated with a single brand. Other substances and sources are still under investigation; there may be more than one thing causing the outbreak.
What’s the DoD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying? Basically – while the investigations are ongoing, you should consider not using e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly those containing THC.
Here’s what you need to look out for:
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