Gottlieb, who led a crackdown on e-cigarette makers while at the FDA, said that mainstream e-cigarette products such as those from Juul or Blu are unlikely to be involved in the cases.
The health agencies reiterated that in some cases, patients acknowledged the use of e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis.
This is incredibly important for a couple of reasons, but the biggest red flag is that THC, as an active ingredient in marijuana-based products, is a controlled substance that is still illegal in Wisconsin.
Additional reports of pulmonary illness are also under investigation.
All victims of the illness have one thing in common, according to the CDC: They all reported using some type of e-cigarette product.
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Even as all this is happening, headlines from major national news outlets virtually never mention the THC connection, and if they do, it's buried hundreds of words deep in an article blaming simply "vaping" as the cause. The patients have used the vaping devices to inhale THC products.
"More information is needed to better understand whether there's a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses".
"While the exact cause of the vaping-related illnesses is still unknown, doctors who have treated patients with the illness believe it could be linked to the liquid that's used in all e-cigarettes, known as vape juice", Degette's office said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado is introducing legislation to ban the sale of flavored nicotine products to people under 21. "That information is critical to help determine whether patterns emerge on which we can take additional action".
It's all pretty scary, at least on the surface, and if you've kicked a smoking habit in favor of e-cigarettes, you might be second-guessing your decision.
Both of the confirmed cases have been adults from the Front Range, and they reported using vaping liquids or oils that contained nicotine, marijuana, CBD, synthetic marijuana, or a combination of these. That's an increase from less than 1 percent in 2011.