CDC backpedals on broad recommendation to refrain from vaping

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 18th, 2020 10:58 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has backpedaled on its broad recommendation to refrain from vaping if people were worried they would contract a lung illness associated with the habit.

The organization updated its website guidance on Thursday by specifying that people should stop vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis, instead of warning everyone against vaping altogether. The CDC still encourages the public, however, to consider refraining from vaping if one does not currently vape.

Last month, the CDC reported that vitamin E acetate, an additive found in cannabis-containing vapes, was linked to the sudden spike in vaping-related lung illnesses.

Approximately 82 percent of vaping-related lung illnesses have contained THC, while only about 14 percent have been linked to nicotine products, according to the CDC.


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