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Health & Fit FDA warns consumers to stop using THC vaping products

23:55  04 october  2019
23:55  04 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Nearly 200 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it.

Nearly 200 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it. It's unclear how many cases are due to marijuana versus nicotine. For pot, vaping seems safer than smoking, but it can still be dangerous.

The US Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to stop using THC vaping products as investigations into vaping-related lung injuries and deaths continue.

a person with smoke coming out of it: FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York City, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo© Andrew Kelly/Reuters FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York City, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

In a statement released Friday, FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said that the ongoing outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries continues to underscore the need "to gather critical information and provide consumers with actionable information to help best protect themselves and their loved ones."

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"We're strengthening our message to the public in an updated consumer alert stating that they should not use vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant," Sharpless said in the statement.

"Additionally, consumers who choose to use any vaping products should not modify or add any substances such as THC or other oils to products purchased in stores and should not purchase any vaping products, including those containing THC, off the street or from other illicit channels," he said, adding that "according to recent findings, most of the patients impacted by these illnesses reported using THC-containing products, suggesting THC products are playing a role in the these illnesses."

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For those who choose to continue using vaping products, particularly those containing THC, Sharpless urged monitoring for symptoms and promptly seeking medical attention if people have concerns about their health.

As of Tuesday, 1,080 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping have been reported to the CDC. Cases have been reported in 48 states and the US Virgin Islands.

There have been 21 deaths confirmed from 18 states: two in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon, and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FDA, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are continuing to investigate the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with using e-cigarette products.

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"We now have information for 578 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette or vaping products in the three months before symptom onset," CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a briefing with reporters on Thursday.

While the cause of the outbreak remains unknown, "we found that about 78% reported using THC containing products," she said. "This is a critical issue."

A smoker is engulfed by vapours as he smokes an electronic vaping machine during lunch time in central London on August 9, 2017.© Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images A smoker is engulfed by vapours as he smokes an electronic vaping machine during lunch time in central London on August 9, 2017.

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Mary Kerrie Davis had smoked cigarettes for most of her adult life, when she embraced vaping as a way to quit. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); For several years, the 52-year-old mother from Georgia vaped only nicotine. But after trying THC cartridges, she began to experience health problems. On Sept. 6, she died.Mary Kerrie's case sounds like the nearly 1,900 cases of vaping-related injury confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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