Many of you have heard and spoken to us about the “Mysterious Lung Infections” that have spread across the country. Many of you have also heard through various media outlets that vaping is to blame. Not exactly.
Facts to keep in mind:
- FreE-Cigs is fully compliant and comprehensively registered with the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
- The ingredients in our juices are plainly labeled on all of our products.
- (VG) Vegetable Glycerin (Food Grade, Kosher, 99.6% Pure U.S. Pharmacopeia Certified)
- (PG) Propylene Glycol (Food Grade, Kosher, 99.6% Pure U.S. Pharmacopeia Certified)
- Laboratory Grade Nicotine
- Natural & Artificial Flavorings
E-cigarettes and other nicotine-containing vapor products are designed for the consumption of nicotine to provide adult smokers an alternative to cigarettes; they are not intended to be used to consume illicit substances. Nicotine-containing vapor products are heavily regulated by the Food & Drug Administration; cannabis-vaping products are entirely “unregulated.”
FDA has imposed regulatory requirements on nicotine-containing vapor products for more than three years, since August 8, 2016, including strict labeling and packaging restrictions that require vapor companies to, among other requirements, disclose all of the ingredients in the products sold.
In stark contrast, none of the products designed for THC, cannabis and any other non-nicotine substances, are regulated by the FDA.
So, let us present the facts, and allow you all to make an informed decision.
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) Official Statement:
“Many of the samples tested by the states or by the FDA as part of this ongoing investigation have been identified as vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, a psychoactive component of the marijuana plant) and further, most of those samples with THC tested also contained significant amounts of Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is a substance present in topical consumer products or dietary supplements, but data are limited about its effects after inhalation.”
New York Department of Health Official Statement:
CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association):
To date, none of the cases of lung illness are being linked to a legal, commercially available nicotine vapor product. According to an article in the New York Times, “Public health officials have underscored one fundamental point: that the surge in illnesses is a new phenomenon and not merely a recognition of a syndrome that may have been developing for years.” In other words, these cases of lung illness are unlikely to be a result of long-term use of vapor products.
An excerpt from an article published by Dr. Michael Siegel who is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health:
Illicit THC vape carts that were obtained from a number of case patients that were tested in federal and state laboratories have tested positive for vitamin E acetate, an oil that just started to be used late last year as a thickening agent in bootleg THC vape carts. Apparently, for every single case in New York State for which testing is complete, vitamin E acetate was found in at least one of the THC vape carts that were used by the patient. Almost simultaneously, testing of recovered THC vape carts by the FDA revealed vitamin E acetate in 10 of 18 tested samples. Importantly, the FDA reported that it found no contamination in any of the nicotine e-liquids tested.
Here’s a link to the full article and we strongly suggest giving it a read to calm your concerns.
Lastly, an excellent piece for those interested in scientific data/analysis:
In conclusion, there is one common element in reported cases of lung infection. The patient openly admitted to the use of pre-filled, black market/counterfeit THC cartridges. There have been 0 (zero) cases reported from a patient who solely uses, or used, nicotine vaping products.