Have you heard the news about vape pens in the US? There has been a sudden spike in deaths due to vapes. The lung illness has spread to 36 states and is now being blamed for the cause of 6 deaths. Nationally, there are 380 cases confirmed of lung disease. The deaths that are linked to the illness have been confirmed in Illinois, California, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon.
All of the cases of illness have a history of using e-cigarette products or vaping. Most of the individuals reported using products containing THC, the high-inducing element of marijuana. As of now, the exact cause for the illness is not known. The symptoms consist of coughing, shortness of breath or chest pain; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; fatigue, fever or abdominal pain. “Vaping has been around for a decade but became widely known last year when its use by teens was declared an epidemic by then-Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb. In 2018, 3.6 million high school and middle school students described themselves as active e-cigarette users. E-cigarette use among high schoolers last year surged 78% from the prior year, according to a national survey.” – USA Today.
These cases are still under investigation, but it is recommended not to use vape, e-cigarettes or THC cartridges right now and it is important not to buy counterfeit items from the street. It is very important to be educated on this topic and always be safe.