A vast majority of patients who suffered lung injury linked to vaping got their THC products outside of the commercial market.
That’s from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that’s the case with almost 80% of patients who used THC vaping products. They usually received those products from friends or online dealers, instead of commercial sources, and teenagers under 18 are the most likely to get those products.
More than 2,600 people nationwide have been hospitalized with lung injury linked to vaping, and 57 people have died, but the CDC is not sure yet about the cause even though officials have been focusing on products that contain THC.
One possible culprit is vitamin E acetate, an additive used in some THC vaping products, but other chemicals haven’t been ruled out.
The new report does not capture all the cases, but it gives the cdc a better idea about the products and sources associated with the outbreak.