After months of the drama and debate surrounding the potential causes for a lung illness that’s affected some vapers, the CDC has finally released some of their findings. While this isn’t definitive proof that there’s nothing dangerous about vaping, the statistics released by the CDC are staggering in what they say about THC products. Of the 867 patients that fell ill in connection to their vaping, 86% of these people admitted that they were using products containing THC and not tobacco, 52% said they were using both tobacco and THC products, while 34% claimed that exclusively vaped THC.
“The data does continue to point towards THC-containing products,” said the CDC’s principal deputy director Anne Schuchat.
What we’ve been saying all along
While there was plenty of evidence that THC products were the culprit in this case, we finally have confirmation from the CDC itself saying that nicotine vaping isn’t the primary cause for this sudden rash of lung illness across the country. And with many of these reports coming from states where THC is illegal, you have to wonder how many more people would come forward saying they were using THC if they didn’t fear the legal consequences of consuming what their state considers an illicit drug.
The powers that be, the mainstream media especially, have done whatever they can to mislead people on this issue. A poll from USA Today showed just how misinformed people were, with a jaw-dropping number of people surveyed saying they believed smoking cigarettes is less dangerous than vaping. We at VaporDNA have always said that there’s plenty more research to be done on the effects of vaping, but it’s important to vapers and the general public that we move forward on the basis of fact, not hyperbole and a frantic 24-hour news cycle.
Younger demographics at risk
We’ve covered the “teen vaping crisis” here before, and it’s important to note that when we talk about “young people” in this context, everyone is of legal age to be consuming tobacco products. That being said, roughly half of all cases regarding this new lung illness impacted people that were under the age of 25, and most of them being men. That statistic is complemented by the fact that nearly 80% of all patients are under the age of 35, showing that young people are taking the brunt of this illness.
“It is evident from today’s report that these lung injuries are disproportionately affecting young people,” said Dr. Robert R. Redfield, CDC Director.
Use trusted retailers only
The CDC report is encouraging for vapers that don’t touch THC, but it’s always a good idea to reiterate the fact that many of these cases came from black market products. While, yes, the grey area that THC currently lives in makes this an odd situation, you never want to consume a concentrate product like a vape juice from someone without the right credentials. Always buy from legitimate storefronts like VAPORDNA and always consume responsibly.