MDHHS investigating reports of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes and vaping

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has not issued any warnings or recalls in association with state or national investigations into respiratory illness from marijuana vape products.

“Consumer safety is always of primary concern to the MRA,” the Marijuana Regulatory Agency said in a statement. “We are monitoring the issue and communicating with public health officials as they investigate the concerns.”

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MDHHS investigating reports of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes and vaping

Six cases have been diagnosed all within 60 days.

The CDC has not yet identified the cause of the illnesses.

“Our laboratory is working closely with our federal and state partners to identify the products or substances that may be causing the illnesses and have received more than 120 samples from the states so far. The FDA is analyzing these for a broad range of chemicals but no one substance, including Vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all of the samples tested,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless in a statement. “Importantly, identifying any compounds present in the samples will be one piece of the puzzle but won’t necessarily answer questions about causality, which makes our ongoing work critical.”

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