NEW YORK, N.Y. — Forbes Magazine published a report providing new details of the deadly vaping crisis sweeping the nation. Two more people have died from a lung illness caused by vaping. One person from Georgia died and the other person who died lived in Florida. The death toll is now eleven. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that at least 530 people have fallen ill with the mysterious, confounding, and elusive lung disease caused by vaping. No one product has been singled out as the culprit causing the illnesses. However, there is some evidence to suggest that black market products are behind the public health crisis.
The Florida Department of Health proclaimed this week that 27 people in the state have fallen ill from vaping. One of those individuals passed away recently. Georgia’s Department of Public Health said that the one person who died in that state has a very long history of vaping nicotine products heavily but did not use any vape products infused with THC. Some cases in which people became sick or died used THC-infused vaping products. Overall, the Georgia Department of Health reported that nine people have respiratory illnesses linked to vaping.
The lung illnesses, which the CDC describes as a type of pneumonia, have infiltrated 38 states. The CDC also reported that over one-quarter of all high-school aged students partake of vaping products. The legal age to purchase vaping goods is 18 in most states; 21 in others. Therefore, children have a method of obtaining vaping products underage, perhaps through the black market. Experts agree that black market vaping products are likely to contain harmful chemicals and impurities.
Juul Labs recently replaced its Chief Executive Officer and declared that it would stop advertising in the U.S. Juul holds the largest market share of lawful e-cigarette products. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission are investigating misleading claims in the company’s advertisements and marketing materials.
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