CDC: Most Sickened By Vaping-Related Illnesses Used THC Products
NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — Health officials say their investigation into a recent outbreak of severe vaping-related illnesses is increasingly focused on products that contain THC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 77% of people who got sick vaped THC, the ingredient that produces a high in marijuana.
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A new study published by CDC found two-thirds who got sick in Illinois and Wisconsin said they vaped prefilled THC cartridges that were mostly acquired from friends, family members, illicit dealers or off the street.
The investigation is ongoing. No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified.
The ailment has sickened at least 805 people, from 46 states and one U.S. territory. Thirteen deaths have been reported, from 10 states.
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Earlier this month, New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to crack down on the vaping crisis.
According to data from the state health department, nearly 40 percent of high school seniors and 27 percent of high school students overall in the state use e-cigarettes. Use among high-school students went from 10.5 percent in 2014 to 27.4 in 2018.
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