4 Things To Sum Up EVALI Outbreak in U.S.
- 100% of lung fluid samples studied all contained vitamin E acetate, which can only be used in THC based liquids (oil soluble THC VS water soluble nicotine) and vast majority of patients self-reported THC use.
- Nothing suspicious has ever been found in any nicotine-based eliquid analyzed, but definitely not for lack of trying.
- While millions continue to vape for their nicotine, the weekly reported cases of EVALI have nearly disappeared after multiple major arrests had been made for illegal vitamin E acetate containing THC product operations.
- CDC's recent press release admits data limitations pointed out months ago by the vaping industry, but ignored by the media, which explain the other 20% that didn't voluntarily admit to using THC:
"The findings in this report are subject to at least five limitations. First, data on substances used in e-cigarette, or vaping, products were self-reported or reported by proxies (e.g., family members) and might be subject to recall or social desirability bias. Second, data related to product use were missing for many patients, and conclusions derived from these data might not be generalizable to the entire affected population. Third, many EVALI patients were not interviewed because of loss to follow-up, refusal to be interviewed, or lack of resources to conduct interviews, which might limit the generalizability of these findings to other EVALI patients. Fourth, reporting lags make it difficult to evaluate the trajectory of the outbreak during recent weeks. Finally, these data might be subject to misclassification of substance use for multiple reasons. Patients might not know the content of the e-cigarette, or vaping, products they used, and methods used to collect data regarding substance use varied across jurisdictions."
While our industry stands vindicated, we can't help but feel deep sympathy for the lives that were needlessly lost during this epidemic due to the media, the CDC and FDA failing to adequately and accurately inform citizens about what both the regulated Nicotine Vaping AND THC industries had been saying the entire time. The problem was always and very obviously about illegal THC and CBD carts that had been tainted with Vitamin E Acetate. The scale and impact of this tragedy was indeed preventable. That being said, we sincerely thank you for your continued trust in us as we continue to make your health and safety our top priority.
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