Utah’s vaping illness count hits 71; vaping with THC additive main cause

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014, file photo, a man exhales vapor as he demonstrates the use of his electronic cigarette in Salt Lake City. Utah health officials say they have confirmed 28 cases of lung damage linked to vaping and are investigating 14 more potential cases. The state Department of Health announced the new number Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, a jump from the 21 cases in teenagers and young adults reported last week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say vaping products containing marijuana’s high-inducing ingredient, THC, are the main culprit in an outbreak that has led to 71 reported cases in the state.

The new tally of cases announced in a news release Monday from the Utah Department of Health marks a significant increase from the 47 cases reported a week earlier. The agency says 10 more potential cases are being investigated.

The department estimates that 90% of the people who got sick reported vaping THC which contained Vitamin E acetate, a known cutting agent.

U.S. health officials said last week that at least 805 people have become sick from vaping and 13 people have died. Most patients say they vaped products containing THC.

Symptoms of the disease include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

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  • Walt Appel October 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I took the liberty of copying the very well stated by Corey Kaster, from the FB page:

    IT’S NOT THE THC. These are black market cartridges with no FDA regulation. They contain all kinds of contaminates and are processed from black market product that is often known to have illegal pesticides on it. This whole problem is a symptom of PROHIBITION not a symptom of THC. You call yourself a news source but you need to report FACTS.

  • Ed October 1, 2019 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Really, THC is the main cause? I call bs and poor reporting. This is an example of fake news or misinformation. How about poor quality control or unknown substances are being vaped. If THC was the cause, then in every state where it is legal, people would be developing the same issues in drastically greater numbers. This argument rivals that of the zion curtian. Kids see a bar tender make a drink, then the will start drinking. Then the whole world will go to hell.

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