confirmation with mouse study
30 mice were studied: 10 for vitamin E acetate; 10 for eliquid (propylene glycol & glycerine); and 10 for air (control). The first group were given the equivelant of human dose for a THC cart user and labs results showed the same lung injury. The injury was not present in the eliquid nor air groups.
cannabis was/is still illegal
Because illegal drug use has very serious legal consequences, patients sometimes lie about what they have taken because they are afraid of getting into trouble. Canadian authorities neglected to test lung samples, perform toxicology screening and analyze vaping products used.
When we say “smoking” we think of smoking cigarettes. When people smoke something else, we specify such as smoking a pipe or cannabis. When we say “vaping” we mean nicotine eliquid. Vaping THC carts is different.
buy products from legitimate sources
Since May, 2018, eliquid has been regulated by the Canadian federal government. Nicotine based eliquid from a vape shop is a 95% reduction in risk compared to smoking. This is called tobacco harm reduction or simply “vaping”.
warnings were not specific enough
North American health authorities recommended people stop all vaping and did not specify the injuries were caused from THC cartridges. Cannabis users were left at risk because “vaping” is commonly known as vaping nicotine eliquid.
Utah Department of Health warnings
The public was bombarded by media, gov’t, nonprofits and health authorities blaming tobacco harm reduction (vaping regulated nicotine eliquid) for what was causing EVALI. Utah Department of Health stood alone in telling the public the truth.
Utah activated vape shops
With a disease outbreak, it ‘s important to notify the public & the population at risk. Vape shops across Utah were utilized to get the word out about the cause of EVALI & ensured their customers could make informed decisions about harm reduction
shocking images alarmed the public
Despite the overwhelming evidence, the public were constantly bombarded with claims that nicotine eliquid caused EVALI. Thousands of vapers that had successfully quit smoking with vaping, returned to smoking out of fear.