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Despite Illinois media scare, CDC reports THC cause most vaping illnesses



THCVapePenOn October 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported “1,479 lung injury cases associated with e-cigarettes or vaping.” CDC was provided data on 1,358 patients and found 70 percent are male. The median age of the 1,358 patients “is 23 years and ages range from 13 to 75 years.”

CDC obtained information on types of substances vaped for 849 patients. Of these, 78 percent reported using vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and only 10 percent self-reported “exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.” CDC notes that “national and state data suggest that products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street […] are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.”

The most recent report parallels others by the CDC. On October 10, CDC found that of patients with lung-illness attributed to vaping devices, 76 percent “reported using THC-containing products,” and 13 percent “reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.” CDC reports on September 24 and October 3 also had similar findings.



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