Latest Numbers & Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1,500 cases of vaping-related illnesses across the U.S. are confirmed, including 33 deaths.
Within the 849 patients,78 percent had reported vaping THC products before becoming sick, with or without using nicotine-containing products. Thirty-one percent of them said they had only vaped THC, while 10 percent said they had only vaped nicotine.
The unfortunate 33 deaths occurred in 24 states, including three fatalities each in California, Indiana, and Minnesota.
History doesn’t lie
Let’s take a brief tour of the THC vaping history.
Back in 1989, Dr. Lunglife first transformed some simple equipment into the vaporizer, helping the highly potent cannabis concentrate that optimized the contraption’s effectiveness. Since then, the first commercial vaporizer Volcano was launched into the market in 2003, followed by the first vape pen vaporizer around 2006. The first vape pen for cannabis appeared in the U.S. market in 2010.
Cannabis vaping has been in the market for 30 years now and with the recent health concerns, we must look at what has changed in the last year.
The Mysterious Additives
“Very little is known about the safety or effects of vaped cannabis oil,” Dr. Neal Benowitz cautions that some ingredients mixed into the oils “could have harmful, toxic effects on users, including the potential for causing and promoting cancer and lung disease.”
Dr. Neal Benowitz is a professor of medicine and a researcher on nicotine and vaping at the University of California, San Francisco. As a scientific researcher, his mission is to study the health effects of cannabis. However, this is sharply limited by federal laws, which classify cannabis as a controlled substance with a high potential for abuse. The result leaving a massive gap in research about what THC vaping does to the lungs.
According to Jim Wilson’s lastest article published by New York Times, vaping oils typically include other additives, solvents and flavor enhancers. Health investigators believe some such ingredients, including vitamin E acetate, could be responsible for some of the lung illness cases. The problem of unknown and potentially dangerous additives, Mr. Kiloh said, is vastly worse in a soaring black market in the nearly 40 states where recreational marijuana is still illegal.
Eye-opening Journey of an Illicit Vape Pen
On the other hand, opponents try to seek clues from the vape carts.
Leafly has recently reported an astonishing journey of the tainted vape cartridge.
The health hazards began in the nicotine market when fake JUUL pods and counterfeit packaging were manufactured by struggling factories. These products eventually found their way into stores and our homes.
Market Demands for Health
The banning news has come one after another since the vaping crisis. President Trump has proposed banning all flavored vape products and Massachusetts has banned the sale of all vape products for four months now.
Public health is the priority and this must be paired with market demand. Nicotine vaping is a primary tool used to weed cigarette smokers off of tobacco. From this point of view, public health is threatened because people who are looking for better lifestyles might be cut off from their solutions. Or worse, they have to turn to obtain illicit products, which are produced by unregulated facilities. After all, this is how the deadly additives were introduced. Pushing the market further underground will cause more illness not stop them. Regulations are welcomed to prevent these issues in the future.
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“By eliminating access to licensed and regulated products, states like Massachusetts may be inadvertently driving these customers and patients to the illicit market that’s causing these problems in the first place,” says Kris Krane.
Regulations are the Key
The State and the federal government should work together to regulate the vaping industry as soon as possible and conduct a uniform set of rules. Testing policies, printed ingredients on the packaging are just a start. Other inspection methods like secret shoppers and spot checks are also needed to form a regulated market.
For VELX, this is an Opportunity
VELX is an innovative solution provider in the vaping industry. We offer quality atomizing hardware along with customization for unique oil profiles.
All of our VELX cartridges and disposable vape pens are manufactured in GMP certified factories. We follow ISO ISO9001and ISO14001 Quality Management system, and heavy metal tests passed. We went through rigorous certification processes when obtaining all C.E., RoHS, and FCC certificates, and we’re glad that we can inform our potential suppliers that there are no legal barriers to selling our CBD vape devices in the E.U. and U.S.
As a subsidiary brand of GeekVape Technology, one of the largest and most recognized brands in the vaping industry, we are dedicated to utilizing our resources to ensure safety hardware for quality oils to deliver the safest vaping experience.
With more than 300,000 square feet of factories, 22,000 square feet of laboratories, and 300 plus R&D engineers, we have vertically integrated our supply chain, from intelligent equipment development, plastic mold processing, metal surface treatment, hardware machining to assembling. Our factory is also equipped with state of the art manufacturing equipment, under the compliance of the 8S management method, JIT production process.
The vaping crisis is serious and we feel that education is key. It has always been our responsibility and priority to provide safe products. We will follow the recent related news and polices very closely, and always make sure we continue to meet all of the compliance requirements up-to-date.
If you’re looking for a convenient, quick, and efficient way to take your CBD, there’s nothing better than a Velxtech CBD vaporizer. For more information on Velxtech products, please visit our website. If you have any questions (or want to order a sample product), our customer team will be happy to help you!