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Updated info on EVALI (E-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury, formerly VAPI)

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Updated December 6, 2019

Like many of you, we’re keeping our eyes on the VAPI situation. The deaths and illnesses are tragic.

In 49 US states except Alaska, plus one territory and the District of Columbia, almost 1,300 people have become ill and 26 have died.

Researchers have not yet pinpointed the cause of the illness, but nearly all cases report using illegal THC products, sometimes in addition to e-cigarettes.

Check back here for updates as they emerge, at least weekly.

Heavy metal injury caused by vaping in first case study

The CDC believes Vitamin E acetate is the culprit behind the illnesses and deaths:


Oct. 22 -- The BCC released an update on the number of cases in California. As of October 22 it stood at 136.

Oct. 10 – CA company develops nearly metal-free vape cartridge

Oct 9 – CA urges doctors to report cases of VAPI



Nov. 13 -- CO bans vitamin E acetate

Oct. 12 – CO weighs new vape regulations



15-Nov Oregon Strikes Down Cannabis Vape Products Ban

Oct 14 – Oregon Enacts 6-Month Flavored Vape Ban



4-Nov -- Analysis of Washington's emergency rules surrounding vapes

10-Oct – Washington bans sale of flavored vape products



21-Oct -- Four medical marijuana patients join a lawsuit pushing back against the state's vape ban

24-Sep – MA orders four-month ban on sale of vape products



Michigan temporarily bans all vape sales

Michigan becomes the first state to ban all vaping products



Oct. 10 – Two cases in Minnesota – “Both cases also reported vaping illegal THC products.”



Dec. 23 - Nevada asks cannabis producers to submit inhalable products with ingredients listed for review by regulators by January 5, 2020.


Other Developments

Oct 28 -- CDC says illnesses appear to be in decline

Oct 28 -- Deaths linked to THC products

Oct 15 – Centers for Disease Control give illness a new name – EVALI

Oct 11 – Lab suggests heavy metals may cause VAPI

Oct. 11 – Some patients relapse and have to be admitted to the hospital a second time.

Ongoing – Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

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