HC acknowledges cause
Health Canada (HC) was questioned by CBC as to the cause of EVALI because the Gov’t of Canada approved the sale of THC cartridges during the EVALI outbreak. HC clearly communicates that they understand EVALI is cause from illegal THC carts and not from nicotine eliquid.
Myths or facts
In late February 2020, the CDC closes the case on EVALI because they had identified the source, took action and the injuries disappeared. However, in Canada during the same time, Health Canada continued to resist telling the truth to Canadians.
Protecting THC cartridges revenue
Health Canada website: “In Canada, most cases of vaping associated lung illness do not appear to have been associated with the use of THC-containing products.” When reading this statement, consider that Health Canada relied on patient self-reporting during a time that THC carts were illegal. They did not conduct biopsies, product analysis or toxicology screening.
Hiding the truth
As of April 16, 2020, the Government of Canada’s webpage on EVALI mentions nicotine 5 times but only mentions the cause of EVALI (vitamin E acetate in illegal THC cartridges) just once. This is the source of information that all provincial health authorities and all Canadian health professionals would consider to be the most current, unbiased and accurate.