The Canadian industry has watched carefully as concentrate-vaping-related illnesses in 36 US States (and one territory) have rapidly increased since July, leaving six dead. The illnesses are not biological, but related to chemical exposure.
- Canada legalizes extracts and opens a vape-pen market of its own this fall. While many expect vape-pens to surge to the head of Legalization 2.0 products, the vape-illness wave might check that growth. Or our regulations could build consumer trust in vape pens, depending on who you ask.
- LPs insist that when their exhaustively regulated cannabis vape-pens enter the market in mid-December, they will cause none of the illnesses associated with US vaping products.
- Those who sell dry-herb vaporizers are worried their sales will be affected by the panic, despite it affecting only concentrates-vaporizers.
Many suspect the culprit is vitamin E oil (tocopheryl-acetate), used to dilute extracts in counterfeit vape products. New York State is focusing its investigations on vitamin E oil and two other states have identified it in vape products. When heated and inhaled, vitamin E leaves drops of oil in the lungs that cause pneumonia.
Leafly, CTV News
- The US Centres for Disease Control is not yet ready to cite illicit vapes or cutting agents like vitamin E as the principal cause of the outbreak. The American Medical Association called on consumers to stop using any “electronic cigarette” or vape pen until the cause of the illness was clear.
- At home, BC Liberal MLA Shirley Bond appeared to call for a ban on vape products.
- The Ontario Lung Association launched comic strip The Toker to encourage young people to reduce lung-health risks.