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The CDC Gives an Update on Lung Injuries Outbreak but No Real Answers

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Reports by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention claim the cases of lung injuries caused by vaping may be decreasing. Even though the CDC is telling the public “most” deaths happened because of THC products coming from the black market, it continues to describe the harmful products as “e-cigarettes,” a term coined for nicotine vaping products.

The latest update from 49 states, except Alaska and other territories like the U.S. Virgin Islands and DC, report 1604 cases of lung-related problems. In 24 states, 34 different people have died, according to the CDC.

Dr. Anne Schuchat – Deputy Director of the CDC – explained there is an age correlation to the injury and death ratio. The median age for fatal cases is 45 years old, and the median age of survivors is 23 years old. 85% of the cases reported had a long history of using THC vaping products, according to Dr. Schuchat.

It should be taken into account that all these cases are self-reported. In many states, cannabis is illegal, and someone may be pleading guilty to a crime if they report they were using a THC product. A safe way to bypass this problem is claiming the usage of nicotine instead of cannabis.

To put it, people may claim they own and use nicotine products to avoid criminal charges or problems with their parents. This problem happens in most states where cannabis is outlawed, and there is no state-mandated THC testing to prove or disprove the claims.

There is no case where a lung-related injury is connected to a nicotine vaping product.

Federal Agencies Still Call Them E-Cigarettes

The CDC insists on attaching the term e-cigarette to the issue and calls all the injuries in this incident “EVALI” – E-cigarette or Vaping product use Associated Lung Injury. This continues to happen even though e-cigarettes are a term for nicotine vaping products, and the CDC itself has said most injuries come from THC related products.

No company selling cannabis oil vapers use the term e-cigarette for their products. Only nicotine related companies use that term to describe their products. The CDC reckless use of wrong terms could be held accountable for recent injuries.

These methods come as no surprise as the communication on the outbreak was handled by the Office on Smoking and Health, a notoriously anti-vaping division of the CDC. Ever since the start of it all, they kept using the wrong terms – e-cigarette for cannabis-related products – putting the health of millions of cannabis vapers in danger, as they continue to use what they believe were “cannabis e-cigarettes,” that were instead untested products.

This strategy seems to be a way of trying to encourage local and state bans on nicotine products. Ever since the outbreak began, flavored vaping products have been banned in response to lung injury.

What Is the Real Reason Behind These Lung Injuries?

According to the CDC, there is no way to know precisely what the illicit oil carts have in them. The agency itself is trying to find a new explanation for it or to blame it on different factors. They have asked the FDA to test the ill products while they test the victims’ lung fluids.

The CDC has already discarded the vitamin E acetate possibility as most victims on a Mayo Clinic have shown no traces resembling vitamin E acetate traces on multiple biopsies.

The FDA has found no evidence of vitamin E acetate on the tested cartridges. Even though the CDC has publicly discredited the vitamin E acetate theory, whether they still pursue this theory is not known.

Fungicide myclobutanil, illegal on tobacco products but heavily used in grapes, among other fruit, might be the reason behind the outbreak. The CDC has not commented on the possibility, but private companies’ tests of black markets products have shown a dangerous rate of myclobutanil – among other fungicides and pesticides – in them.

CDC’s Dr. Schuchat claims the cartridges themselves may be to blame. When heated, heavy metals may be released from the cartridges.

Colorado Green Lab has a hypothesis; they suggest injuries are caused by cadmium pneumonitis. This condition is caused by cadmium fumes, commonly found in silver solder. But cannabis oil cartridges do not have silver solder in them if they are legally sold. There has been a history of illegally sold carts with dangerous materials in them, such as silver solder.

The theory’s sticking point resides in the high melting point of cadmium. This wouldn’t rule out any other dangerous metals illegally placed in black market products. Something else entirely may be the root cause of lung injuries.

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Why Does Nobody Stop the CDC and Their Dangerous Agenda?

Why isn’t the mainstream media picking up the story of the CDC pushing cannabis users to black market products? As the CDC continues to claim e-cigarettes are to blame for lung injuries, more people have started to buy black-market THC cartridges, creating new victims.

Mainstream reporters have followed, without much effort, the outbreak. But they do so follow the CDC’s narrative of dangerous e-cigarettes being behind of it all. Ridiculous claims were made, such as JUUL pods causing the outbreak or “dangerous” mixing of THC with nicotine being responsible for the injuries.

Most news outlets seem to either actively avoid or have no interest in a federal agency using deaths and black-market health hazards to push their ideological agenda on e-cigarettes.

Only publications like Leafly have done the necessary work to cover the outbreak and come up with reasonable theories for the injuries. Activists like Michael Siegel and Brad Rodu, amongst others, have pushed back against the CDC’s agenda, making them change their message and put the emphasis on THC products, the way it should’ve been from the beginning.

It’s hard to picture journalists accepting, without any resistance or challenge, any other federal agency’s statements. It’s even more hard to imagine when dozens of dead people are involved. This issue may be a consequence of so-called health writers having a partnership with government public health agencies, both partners of anti-vaping control organizations.

As the same unrealistic story keeps coming out, more people continue to die.

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