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CDC Update: 1,604 Lung Injuries, 34 Dead, 0 Answers

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The outbreak of lung injuries apparently caused by vaping may be levelling off or even declining, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while the federal agency is finally assigning “most” of the blame to black-market THC products, it continues to use the nicotine vaping term “e-cigarettes” to describe the products causing harm.

As of last Tuesday (the most recent official update), 1,604 cases have been reported from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CDC says 34 people from 24 states have died.

The CDC’s Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters Friday that the people who have died ranged in age from 17 to 75, with a median age of 45. That compares to median age of just 23 for those who survived their injuries. Schuchat said the “vast majority” of patients had a history of vaping THC products—85 percent of those for whom the agency has data.

“Remember that these are self-reports,” said Zeller. “It’s the person saying, ‘I only used the nicotine-containing products.’ There is the question of…whether, in fact, when they say ‘the only thing I used was a nicotine-containing product,’ that turns out to be the case.” Zeller notes that many of the victims live in states where cannabis products are illegal, and many are also underage.

In other words, to avoid complications like criminal charges or problems with parents, some cannabis oil users might fudge the facts about what they have been vaping. And because patients are being handled according to the public health protocols of the states they live in, there is no mandated across-the-board THC testing.

To date, not a single lung injury case has been connected to a nicotine vaping product.CDC is still using the term “e-cigarettes”
The agency is, unfortunately, calling the injuries EVALI, short for “E-cigarette, or Vaping, product use Associated Lung Injury.” The CDC seems committed to it’s misleading messaging and is still attaching the term “e-cigarette” to the outbreak, despite its own admission that most of the victims say they were using illicit cannabis oil (or hash oil) cartridges (carts), and not nicotine vaping products.

Cannabis oil vapers don’t call their products e-cigarettes. That is a name used only for nicotine vapes. The CDC’s stubborn resistance to using terms that are recognizable to consumers of the dangerous products could very well account for many of the recent injuries.

The early messaging on the outbreak was handled by the CDC’s resolutely anti-vaping Office on Smoking and Health, and the whole agency has continued to use that office’s terminology since then, possibly encouraging millions of cannabis oil vapers to continue using dangerous untested hash oil carts because they believed “e-cigarettes” (nicotine products) were the things to avoid.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: vaping360.com

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