The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is sharing the recent test results related to injuries from vaping. Preliminary test results from five vaping related illnesses in Michigan found that the cases varied in terms of the vaping products, but that there were commonalities.
One hypothesis the state is investigating is that contaminants in THC vapes, including vitamin E acetate, may be related to the outbreak. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health for the MDHHS said, “The outbreak is still under investigation, and the exact substance or devices that are causing the outbreak are unknown.” As of October 25, Michigan has had 44 confirmed and probable lung injury cases and one death. 81% of patients reported using a product containing THC. The CDC reports that as of October 24th there have been over 1600 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products nationwide and 34 deaths.
Reporting for WGRT, EBW.tv