U.S. CDC recommends against using vapes with marijuana ingredient

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A man vapes on the street in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, July 15, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

(Thomson Reuters ) — People should stop using e-cigarettes with the marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), U.S. public health officials recommended on Friday as investigation on outbreak of lung illness linked to vaping deepens.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously warned on vaping, but its latest recommendation focused on THC products following U.S. data that pointed to a large number of cases related to the use of the high-inducing component of marijuana.

The CDC and state health officials, along with other health agencies, are investigating 805 confirmed and probable cases and 13 deaths so far from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, as of the latest update on Thursday.

For the 771 people with basic patient data, 91 per cent were hospitalized. Many need supplemental oxygen and treatment in intensive care units. Most recovered and went home. (…)

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