[Conroe, Texas, September 10, 2019] — We would like to release a formal statement regarding the outbreak of deaths related to vaping. As it stands the FDA and CDC are still currently investigating the cause of deaths. We would like to clarify what the preliminary results have found.  

According to the Minnesota department of health a person over 65 years of age has passed away in an apparent “vaping” related lung injury. Investigators have determined that the death was related to illicit THC products. Several deaths have followed and will continue to follow.

At this time there is no evidence to support that any of the deaths have been caused by a nicotine product. There is one consistent variable in the reports that the FDA has said may be the cause. Some of the illicit THC cartridges that are being investigated have been shown to contain Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is an oil that can severely damage the lungs. It is used specifically in THC cartridge products to thin the otherwise thick oil so that it can be used in a vaporizer. We do not sell any products that contain Vitamin E acetate. None of our e-liquids contain any form of oil.

The news outlets are missing this critical piece of information: an e-cigarette containing nicotine is very different than an illicit THC cartridge. Both products are being lumped together by calling them “vaping products”. This important distinction needs to be made.

https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2019/lunginjury090619.html

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/vaping-illnesses-consumers-can-help-protect-themselves-avoiding-tetrahydrocannabinol-thc-containing

https://cei.org/blog/lung-disease-outbreak-caused-black-market-not-vaping?fbclid=IwAR0KxlL-cCxqPTKKcpchgya_xmpILL7SGJtpPA_u8_vY5xv1K7jPFRpfxss

https://www.ecigarette-research.org/research/index.php/whats-new/2019/274-us-lung

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