What do we actually know? The FDA, CDC, State Health Professionals, results from multiple official studies, endless tests, and direct reports from patients of vaping-related sickness have all formally admitted undeniable evidence that the majority of nearly 1,500 vaping-related illnesses and 33 deaths were linked to THC and other substances obtained from off the street.

We do know that THC is present in most of the samples tested by FDA to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing products.

The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It is clear that the outbreak is being caused by the rise of new trending products amongst the black market. This of which has no correlation to the nation’s attempt in trying to ban flavors for e-cigs. These illicit refillable vape cartridges will continue to be sold and in a sense, a ban on flavored vapes would support the black market, the heavily expressed root of the problem.

All transactions that take place off the books feed into this shadow market. And while it provides a way of life for half of the people in the world, it has an obvious darkside: illicit, dangerous, harmful practices that can kill the environment and ourselves.

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What can we do? Stay educated and up to date with FDA and CDC findings, inform those around us, share facts with the public, and spread awareness of what’s really causing these illnesses.

Key Points:

  • Clear studies and results point the cause of vaping-related illness outbreak as a result of using black market vape cartridges and THC components.
  • People need to stop purchasing black market vapes and vaping THC immediately.