A severe lung illness from vaping has become a public health outbreak resulting in more than two thousand cases and roughly 1-2 deaths per week. Here’s what we know: (1) Products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from friends, family members, or illicit dealers, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. (2) Refraining from vaping is strongly recommended until the investigation is complete. For those who choose to vape THC, products should only be purchased from a licensed cannabis retailer.

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24 years old is the average age of a vape illness patient. Products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources, are linked to most of California’s cases.

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