As is normal when a health-related phenomenon starts turning the cogs of legislation, there are many reports of false information. Recently, pertaining to the issue of vaporizing devices, users have been confused as to what has caused multiple deaths so far.
The rise in products like Juuls has been largely conflated with the losses of life, however, the common link between all the deaths is not nicotine products, but tainted THC cartridges. With the prevalence of marijuana products increasing along with its legality in many states across the U.S., the amount of black market commodities has also risen.
According to The Feed, “Nearly all the deaths and lung illnesses reportedly ‘linked to vaping’ involved people vaping contaminated black-market cannabis (THC) oil purchased from street vendors. No cases have been linked to nicotine vaping.” The specific additive linked could be Vitamin E acetate, which causes severe inflammation in the lungs when inhaled, leading to shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and damaged lung tissue, and can be fatal.
While some say that vaping nicotine is significantly less harmful than cigarettes, the healthiest option is not to smoke or vape, and don’t vape if you don’t smoke. And for those who do take part in THC vapes, they may want to consider buying from reputable shops rather than black market sources.