The US is zeroing in on marijuana e-cigs as it investigates a spate of mysterious illnesses and deaths tied to vaping

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vaping product in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vaping product in the Manhattan borough of New York

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new information on the ongoing investigation into illnesses and deaths tied to vaping.
  • CDC collected information from people who experienced an illness linked to vaping. 77% reported using products containing THC, the principle psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
  • "The latest findings from the investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, suggest THC products play a role in the outbreak," CDC said

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new information today on the potential role of vapes containing THC in a spate of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping.

Across the US, 805 people have become ill and 12 have died from the mysterious illness tied to vaping.

CDC said that about 77% of those surveyed reported using vapes containing THC, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. About 16% said they only used e-cigarettes containing nicotine.

CDC reiterated its warning that people should stop buying vaping and e-cig products that have THC and nicotine, as it cannot rule out nicotine as a cause for these illnesses.

"The latest findings from the investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, suggest THC products play a role in the outbreak," CDC said in a statement.

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