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.

 

They are as follows:

  • (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.”

 

“Because consumers cannot be sure whether any THC vaping products may contain Vitamin E acetate, consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores.”

 

“In many cases of illness reported by the states, patients have acknowledged recent use of THC-containing vaping products while speaking to healthcare personnel, or in follow-up interviews by health department staff.”

 

“We encourage consumers to help protect themselves and avoid buying vaping products of any kind on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores.”


New York Department of Health Official Statement:

 

“Laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing samples analyzed by the Wadsworth Center as part of this investigation. At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing. Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested.  As a result, vitamin E acetate is now a key focus of the Department's investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses.”

 

“Anyone using vape products should never use unregulated products purchased ‘off the street.’Cannabis-containing products are not legally available in New York State for recreational use. These unregulated products are not tested and may contain harmful substances. Users of vape products should never modify vape products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.”

   

CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association):

 

While federal officials are unable to point to a specific brand or contaminant in the samples they’ve received so far, reports from health departments in CA, NM, NY, PA, UT, and WI link the lung illness to unlicensed THC oil. The tragic death in Oregon is currently the only case where a THC cartridge was purchased from a licensed retailer.

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:

The emotional and irrational hysteria in the US about the “vaping-related” (or cannabis-related?) lung disease that goes far beyond confirmation bias


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.