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Vaping

Lions and Tigers and bears oh my! Another news cycle about a deadly scourge threatening the American public. Remember the great measles epidemic that was running amuck through the population a few months back? I read the the CDC has officially confirmed 941 cases of measles this year. Try to find the number of deaths reported from these cases was impossible.

Now we have a reported nine deaths related to vaping compared to the number of people vaping. That figure is unavailable but I would guess the number could be in the millions. So the per cent of deaths compared to the number vaping is incredibly low. Yet the national media has headline after daily headline concerning vaping deaths.

But wait. One should look deeper into the deaths that have been reported. Of the cases cited in the news articles. Those dying either had underlying health issues or were vaping a form of cannabis. One article has said that a Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses.

But all this hullabaloo has led to congressional hearings, cries to ban the product, and investigations into the manufacturer of the vaping product, when it is obvious the root cause is probably what individuals are putting into the product to vape.

How many deaths are caused by alcohol, cigarettes, automobile accidents, or people falling off a ladder. Yet, we do not ban these! I believe it is called a “witch hunt” or better yet the Great Inquisition.

Most Vaping Illnesses Linked to THC-Laced Products
Products containing the marijuana chemical THC appear to be a main driver behind the hundreds of U.S. cases of serious lung illness related to vaping, health officials announced Friday.

Vaping death toll in the US rises to NINE as Kansas man in his fifties dies from mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes 24 September 2019

California health officials tell everyone to stop vaping right nowWhat about stop smoking cigarettes right now, drinking alcohol right now, or driving those air polluting cars right now!?

The victim, the second from the state, died from a mysterious lung illness linked to smoking the devices.

He was said to have 'underlying health problems'. No other details have yet been released about his condition.

A woman over 50 with a history of e-cigarette use also died in Kansas earlier this month.

530 cases in 38 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands

Vaping death toll in the US hits EIGHT as man in his mid-forties in Missouri succumbs to mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes Thu September 19, 2019

A person in Oregon who had recently vaped products containing cannabis purchased at a dispensary died in July, according to a statement released in early September by the Oregon Health Authority.

"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses -- whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself," said Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician at OHA's Public Health Division.

The same day, the Minnesota of Department of Health said a patient who was over 65 had died in August after a long and complicated hospitalization. The patient had a history of underlying lung disease and suffered a severe lung injury associated with vaping THC products (Cannabis, Marijuana Products), Minnesota state epidemiologist, Dr. Ruth Lynfield, said in a news release.

The Kansas patient was over 50 and had a history of underlying health issues with symptoms that quickly progressed, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said. What type of products the patient had used wasn't known, a news release stated.

California officials confirmed the second death in their state this week, saying a 40-year-old man in Tulare County died after being hospitalized. The vaping products he used are still under investigation, according to county Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Jan Winslow, who added that the patient had “complicating illnesses."

The nationwide investigation has found no particular vaping devices or products linked to all cases and is looking into potential contamination or counterfeit, as many victims report buying marijuana on the street rather than from a store.

The Post reported earlier this week that investigators at the Food and Drug Administration found the same vitamin E-derived oil in marijuana products vaped by multiple people sickened around the country. But officials cautioned that they could not yet pin the illnesses on it.

The chemical, vitamin E acetate, was present in almost all of the cannabis samples from victims identified in New York, according to the state’s health department. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced on Monday that the state will selling “thickening agents” used to adjust THC levels in products found on the black market. The thickening agents are “nearly pure” vitamin E acetate, officials say.

Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, tests show

State and federal health officials investigating mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping have found the same chemical in samples of marijuana products used by people sickened in different parts of the country and who used different brands of products in recent weeks.

The chemical is an oil derived from vitamin E. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the oil in cannabis products in samples collected from patients who fell ill across the United States. FDA officials shared that information with state health officials during a telephone briefing this week, according to several officials who took part in the call.

That same chemical was also found in nearly all cannabis samples from patients who fell ill in New York in recent weeks, a state health department spokeswoman said.

2019 United States Population - 329,513,047

Slightly more than 800 deaths compared to population, ridiculous!

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According to FBI figures, 443 people were killed with hammers, clubs, or other “blunt objects” while 297 people were killed with rifles of every kind.

Is this what's really killing vapers? Numerous patients with e-cigarette-linked lung damage say they used illegal 'Dank' marijuana cartridges

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
Heart disease: 647,457
Cancer: 599,108
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
Diabetes: 83,564
Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173
Motor vehicle fatalites: 36,750
In 2017 murders 17,284

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