Vape-related lung illnesses mostly affecting THC users, CDC confirms

The mysterious lung illness that’s afflicted more than 1,600 vape users and claimed 34 lives (as of Oct. 22) has now been shown to disproportionate affect THC users.

That was one of the key takeaways after a Friday briefing from the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the agency’s principle deputy director, further confirmed that THC vapes obtained outside of legal supply lines – including those on the black market and those obtained from friends or family – seem to be the biggest offender.

“The vast majority of patients with EVALI” – that’s the acronym the CDC is using for this illness – “including those who died from their lung injury, had a history of use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contained THC,” Schuchat said.  Read more…

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