At least 530 people in the US they have developed a mysterious lung disease linked to vaping, local media reported today citing an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to The Washington Post, the FDA has initiated an investigation into the use of electronic cigarettes parallel to that of public health led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC, in English).
However, at the moment the cause of the disease is unknown, of which there are records in 38 states.
The cases reported had a history of electronic cigarette use or vaping, according to officials.
The newspaper report noted that the initial data showed that many people had a history of using electronic cigarettes with products such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of marijuana.
Others, the Post adds, said they had used both nicotine and THC, some only nicotine, while some admitted having resorted to the black market or illegal THC products.
According to the newspaper, experts from the marijuana industry have warned that in the black market substances are used to thicken THC oil, including a derivative known as vitamin E acetate.
However, researchers have not identified any product or substance as the underlying responsible for the disease, although they suspect some form of chemical exposure.
The director of the FDA's Tobacco Products Center, Mitch Zeller, clarified, quoted by the Post, that the research seeks to pursue the "supply chain" and not consumers, while expressing alarm at the use of " products containing THC ".
On September 6, the authorities in the US they reported the death of five people – three of them that same day – as a result of electronic cigarettes.
This week, health officials in California reported that deaths have increased to seven.
According to the CDC, nicotine, both in regular and electronic cigarettes, is addictive.
Other ingredients in the liquid of these cigarettes include ultrafine particles that can reach the lungs, flavor compounds such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung diseases, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.
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