U.S. health officials are recommending people who vape use caution while they investigate cases of breathing ailments linked to vapes containing certain ingredients.
While the cause is still unclear, officials believe that vaporizers that contain Vitamin E Acetate, propylene glycol (PG), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and/or other substances can be harmful to lungs.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are looking into cases across the United States. So far, no cases have been reported in Arizona.
All the cases involve people who have used e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. Symptoms of the health ailment include coughing, breathing trouble, chest pain, nausea and fatigue.
Tucson-based iLAVA, Downtown Dispensary and D2 Dispensary have released a statement (below) to assure Arizonans that their medical marijuana vape products are safe and don’t contain harmful substances.
The statement, in part, reads, “Every batch of iLAVA distillate is analyzed by a third-party laboratory to verify the potency and safety of our products.”
It is highly recommended that people don’t use black market vaporizers. All state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona, presumably, only sell vapes without harmful chemicals, but people can always contact their local dispensary to inquire.
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