February 23, 2020

People Urged to Stop Vaping

Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that people should avoid THC-containing products specifically. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a compound in marijuana known for its psychoactive effects and has been associated with many of the illnesses. They also said that most of the THC products tested contained “significant amounts” of vitamin E acetate, echoing the findings in New York.

The FDA still cautions that there isn’t enough evidence to pinpoint vitamin E acetate as the cause of the illnesses, but people should avoid inhaling the substance. They also warned against buying THC products off the street because consumers can’t be sure whether the unregulated products contain vitamin E acetate.

There were 35.9 million marijuana vape pens and cartridges sold in the year ended Aug. 31 in licensed recreational marijuana stores in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington, according to Marijuana Business Daily.

Roughly 13.8 million people in the U.S. were users of nicotine e-cigarettes as of June, according to tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. The company estimates that among them more than seven million use e-cigarettes exclusively.

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