2,291 vaping-related lung injury cases in all 50 states, 2 US territories; 48 deaths in 25 states
These data as of December 3, 2019 were adjusted by removing 175 non-hospitalized cases from previously reported national cases. From this date forward, CDC will report only hospitalized cases but deaths regardless of hospitalization status.
THC is present in most of the samples tested by FDA. While Vitamin E acetate is a chemical of concern, 152 different THC products have been used by patients.
An article in the December 6, 2019 issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) provides more information about the kinds of THC products patients have used.
Of 2,291 patients, 1,421 vaped any use of THC, 956 vaped any use of nicotine, and 214 vaped any use of CBD.
More than half used Dank Vapes. The next popular brands were TKO, Rove, Smart Cart, Kingpen, and Cookie. “Cart” refers to the cartridge that is inserted into a vaping device.
Ten percent of patients in the Northeast and West regions reported using Dabwood and Brass Knuckles. From one percent to five percent of patients nationwide reported using the following brands: Off White, Moon Rocks, Chronic Carts, Mario Carts, Cereal Carts, Runtz, Dr. Zodiac, Eureka, Supreme G, and CaliPlug. Use of 134 other products were reported by 1 percent of patients.
While the marijuana industry insists that the THC cartridge brands making people sick are purchased exclusively from illicit, black-market dealers, several individual states report some patients have bought them from licensed dispensaries. Worse, anyone, including underage young people, can buy most of these products without even being asked their age before entering online stores.
Read CDC December 3, 2019 vaping-related lung injury update here.
Read CDC’s December 6, 2019 MMWR article here.
Every person who touches the lives of teenagers should watch “E-Cigarette Microlearning Video,” a 6-minute, 35-second brief produced by the nonprofit American Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Dr. Brian King of the CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health narrates the video.
We highlight key points here to encourage you to watch it.
It begins with the news that e-cigarette use doubled in just one year (2017-2018) as shown above.
Every other kind of tobacco use has dropped since 2011, while e-cigarette use skyrocketed among kids who never smoked before, but became addicted to nicotine via e-cigarettes.
The primary driver of this escalation in use is Juul.
Several factors contribute to encouraging youth use. The first one is advertising.
Dr. King sums it up this way, “Advertising will bring a horse to water, flavors will get him to drink, and nicotine [and marijuana] will keep him coming back for more.”
The second factor is flavoring.
The third factor is nicotine. And nicotine is not the only thing e-cigarettes contain.
Cartridges containing THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, can also be inserted into vaping devices. One-third of high-school e-cigarette users vape THC.
The Surgeon General says both nicotine and marijuana act on the brain and can change it. It’s not like you can buy a new brain. No adolescent or young adult should use either drug.
Prevention strategies we know work for cigarettes and other forms of tobacco can be applied to e-cigarettes.
National Families in Action adds:
Cigarettes are legal, but you cannot buy them online. So why can you buy e-cigarettes online?
Marijuana is illegal nationwide. So why can you buy THC vape cartridges online?
Watch “E-Cigarette Microlearning Video” here.
CDC nicotine and marijuana resources
Many resources for parents, healthcare professionals, and communities are available from CDC.
You can find them here and here.
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