The mysterious set of vaping-related illnesses and deaths continues to grow.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control reported that at least 450 possible cases of measles-related diseases were reported in 33 states in the United States. The disease is reported to have taken at least five lives already, and doctors and other health experts fear there may be more.
"While the investigation is ongoing, the CDC recommended that people consider not using e-cigarettes, as this is the primary means of preventing serious lung disease so far," CDC's Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman said on Friday a press conference, reports Hilary Bruck of Business Insider.
Although it is not yet clear what exactly causes these diseases, it seems to affect younger people ̵
The culprit, according to some experts, are chemicals such as vitamin-E acetate, which are used to emulsify THC and CBD in illicit, unregulated evaporators.
"Even if most lung damage is traced by chemicals used to emulsify THC or CBD into illicit vaping juices, this does not release legally sold, nicotine electronic cigars from the hook. They must do more to guarantee the safety of their products by engaging the process of reviewing and ending the use of young people, "said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, on Friday.
"Legitimate e-liquids are usually based on chemicals that are water-soluble rather than oils that can cause acute lung injuries. High levels of vitamin E acetate have been found in almost all cannabis-containing vaccines tested by the Ministry "Nobody should use illegal vape products," Gottlieb said.
Here's what the employees knew when. We will update this as more information comes out: