NEW YORK, N.Y. — As scientists scramble to find a link to the mysterious and elusive source of the vaping illnesses that have forced some states to ban sales of vaping products, researchers have found a fungicide in THC-based vape cartridges, both from the black market and legitimate sources. Testing conducted at a vaping manufacturing facility in California found that the legally produced products contained no heavy metals, toxins, or other impurities. On the other hand, all of the black market vaping goods tested positive for the presence of a fungicide called myclobutanil, which turns into hydrogen cyanide when burned according to an article appearing in the New York Post.
Cyanide is widely known as a poison, and therefore there are serious questions among public health officials as to how the poison got into the vaping cartridges in the first place. Some public health officials warn about the existence of a larger number of chemicals found in vaping products. According to Plymouth. WickedLocal, the Plymouth (MA) public health officer for the town said that researchers had found various poisons in the vaping liquids and e-cigarette brands found on the black market. Those poisons include nicotine, arsenic, heavy metals, benzene, acetone, and polypropylene.
One of the major problems the health care industry is facing is the absence of federal regulations controlling the contents of vaping and e-cigarette products. E-cigarettes have been on the market for approximately twelve years. Notwithstanding, there is no federal oversight. The lack of oversight gives unscrupulous vaping companies to add potentially lethal chemicals that people unwittingly inhale.
The brief examination conducted in California further illustrates the differences between legitimate sales of regulated THC products and unregulated products. All ten vaping cartridges purchased from illegitimate sources tested positive for the presence of vitamin e acetate or another chemical according to a report appearing in theNew York Daily News.
Public health officials have warned people about the potential danger of inhaling toxic fumes from a THC vaping device. The campaign has worked so far. Recent figures show that THC-based vape sales are down 60%.
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