About 16 percent of patients nationally said they used nicotine e-cigarettes exclusively, and many reported vaping both tobacco and THC products. Majority have reported using vaping pens or cigarettes, containing THC or tetrahydrocannabinol - the active ingredient in marijuana.
A new study published by CDC found two-thirds who got sick in IL and Wisconsin said they vaped pre-filled THC cartridges from one brand.
Today (Sept. 27), officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report on the outbreak showing that more than three-quarters of patients nationwide reported using vaping products containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Baker spokesman Terry MacCormack said the governor's office "will continue to work with medical experts and federal and state officials to better understand why vaping is causing lung-related illnesses and consider all options as next steps". Some researchers suspect an ingredient used as a thickener in vaping oils, particularly in black market products. The announcement came as more and more USA states, along with other countries, are considering a total ban on e-cigarettes.
The CDC said it will report numbers of confirmed and probable cases once states have finalized their classification of cases. Alabama's cases are not now included in the CDC's number. In some cases, patients were found to have used THC products who initially said they hadn't.
The data from Wisconsin and IL, which Schuchat described as "very compelling", along with more information from a national snapshot of patients who fell ill, prompted the CDC to modify its warning Friday.
Several states - including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and MI - have all explored banning and temporarily banning vape products.
No patients reported adding any substances to the cartridges.
Mark Pettinger, a spokesman for the commission said it would be hard for retailers to sell vape products such as Dank Vapes because it would put retailers' licenses at risk and would be "out and out" illegal. In any case, there is no indication so far that any of the patients were using legal e-cigarettes, as opposed to black-market pods or e-liquids, which may pose special hazards.
Vitamin E acetate, which is sold legally, is commonly used as a nutritional supplement and in skin-care products.
People who are getting sick typically have a cough, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, and some people vomit, have abdominal pain, and fever. But she also raised concerns about the risks of vaping.
But some patients have said they vaped only nicotine.