By: Angela Garrity
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an official CDC Health Advisory regarding products being bought off the street and to stop modifying devices for either nicotine or cannabis use. The advisory also included the message that “e-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products.”
The CDC and FDA made the joint statement of, “While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the respiratory illnesses.”
Additionally, the agencies joint message reiterated, “At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances. We continue to gather information about the names of the products used, where they were purchased, and how the products were used. That information is critical to help determine whether patterns emerge on which we can take additional action.”
The Food and Drug Administration is analyzing approximately 80 samples received from patients but has not made the results of the findings public. The results will be shared with the respective states to aid in their investigations and will help inform the federal response.