A Credible List: What We Know About the Vaping Scare

August 30, 2019

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If you’ve been following the news lately with regards to the lung disease/illness cases that are cropping up in parts of the United States, you’ll know that sifting through the reports is almost a job unto itself. Finding evidence-based reporting is even more challenging. I’ve compiled a list to help make that job easier. I’ll add to it as new reporting become available and contributes value to our understanding. The newest reports will be added to the top of the list. 

Please, disseminate as broadly as possible. There are a lot of concerned vapers, smokers, and parents out there who are not getting access to accurate reporting and are worried. There are also people who will purchase black market THC cartridges because they’re not aware of the (increased) risk. 

Officials list pot brands reported in US outbreak, Mike Stobbe, AP News

More Evidence That Black Market THC Products Are Responsible for Vaping-Related Lung Injuries, Jacob Sullum, Reason

CDC Started a Vaping Panic, Now It's Admitting Vitamin E Acetate in Illegal Products is to Blame, Guy Bentley, Reason Foundation

Evaluation of Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid from Patients in an Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use- Associated Lung Injury- 10 States, August-October 2019, CDC

Vapes and Lung Disease: The CDC's Lesson in How Not to Handle an Illness Outbreak, Chelsea Boyd, Filter Mag

Smoke and Mirrors: Media failed to clarify that regulated nicotine vaping did not cause recent lung injuries, Michael Cummins, Isthmus

The CDC is Still Warning People to Stop Vaping Completely Over Lung Illness Cases- But Why? Ed Cara, Gizmodo

Vaping and lung disease in the US: PHE's advice, John Newton, Public Health Matters (Gov UK)

Health Canada speaks on the vaping-related illness crisis, Laura Tennant, Leafly

Behind the Scenes of CDC's Vaping Investigation, Richard Harris, Morning Edition NPR

Minnesota native identified as Tennessee's first vaping-related death, WKRN News 2

Colorado regulators planning ban on cannabis vape additives, Western Slope Now

Age Counts: Who Vapes (Tobacco/Nicotine) and Who Gets Lung Injuries, Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth

Vaping Illness Update: FDA Warns Public to Stop Using THC-Containing Vaping Products and Any Vaping Products Obtained Off the Street, FDA

CDC's Communications are Likely Making this Outbreak Much Worse, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

New study: Not one vaping illness linked to legal e-cigarette pods, Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner 

Vape Bans and Lung Disease: Picking Through the Feds' Framing, Michael McGrady, Filter Mag

In Response to Two Deaths Due to Marijuana Vaping, Oregon Health Department Recommends Ban on Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarettes, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

The witch hunt against e-cigarettes continues while people get sick from illicit THC and remain uninformed, Dr. Farsalinos, E-cigarette Research

Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping, CDC, Sept 27/19

Most vaping-related lung injuries linked to marijuana products, CDC says, Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post

Crusade Against Vaping E-Cigarettes is Catastrophic for Public Health, Dr. Farsalinos, The Globe Post

Black Market Weed Vapes Contain Hydrogen Cyanide, New Investigation Finds, Chris Moore, Merry Jane

Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide, Connor Ferguson, Cynthia McFadden, Shanshan Dong, Rich Schapiro, NBC News

CDC urges people to avoid vaping THC amid lung disease outbreak, Angelica LaVito, CNBC

CDC's Failure to Deman Urine THC Testing of all Outbreak Patients is Inexcusable and is Putting the Entire Nation at Risk, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

Why Is the CDC Still Fostering Potentially Deadly Confusion About Vaping and Lung Disease? Jacob Sullum, Reason

Journey of a Tainted Vape Cartridge: From China's Labs to Your Lungs, David Downs, Dave Howard and Bruce Barcott, Leafly

Why Vaping Devices Can't be Blamed for US Outbreak of Lung Illnesses, Riccardo Polosa, The Globe Post 

Potential culprits in mystery lung illnesses: Black-market vaping products, Rob Kuznia and Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post

Public health expert on e-cigarette panic, CBS This Morning

Survey Suggests Lung Disease Misinformation Has Compunded Confusion About the Hazards of E-Cigarettes, Jacob Sullum, Reason

Don't Protect Cigarettes by Banning Far Less Harmful Nicotine Vapor Products, Bill Godshall, Robert Sklaroff, Stephen F. Gambescia, Inside Sources

How To Spot a Fake Vape Cartridge, Emily Earlenbaugh, Leafly

The vaping panic is out of hand, Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer, New York Daily News

E-cigarette bans are 'a tremendous overreaction' to vaping-related illnesses, says doctor, As It Happens, CBC

The Absurd Campaign against Vaping, by the Editors, National Review

Despite Increasing Clarity in Role of Illicit THC Vape Carts in Lung Outbreak, CDC Violating Its Own Principle to Blame E-Cigarettes, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

Politicians are scapegoating e-cigs for harm they haven't done, Jeff Steir and Henry I. Miller, NY Post

The big vaping scare, nothing to see here, New Nicotine Alliance

Vaping scaremongering will cost Australian lives, Colin Mendelsohn, Spectator AU

Is Vaping Really Killing People? Here are the Facts, Lee Johnson, Ecigarette Reviewed

Vape Pen Lung Disease: Here's What You Need to Know, David Downs, Leafly

Vaping and lung illness: Scott Ballin says health officials send wrong message, Monique Calello, News Leader

Vaping Deaths: How the Media Misrepresents the "Vape Epidemic", Mason Mohn, 71 Republic

Vaping Scare: Unhealthy Actions from Health Officials, Brad Rodu, Real Clear Politics

Cannabis industry calls for legalization and regulation to snuff out underground vapes, Alicia Wallace, CNN Business

UK Vaping Industry Association responds to the announcement on vaping by President Trump, UKVIA

Public Health England's statement, "Our advice on e-cigarettes remains unchanged - vaping isn’t completely risk free but is far less harmful than smoking tobacco. There is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than switching completely to vaping." September 12, 2019

The Killer was Tainted Cannabis, Not Nicotine. Stopping Vaping Could be Deadly, Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, The Feed

Dispersing the clouds of the vape panic myth, Christopher Snowdon, Spectator USA

Three Companies Subpoenaed in Weed Vape Illness Investigation, EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone

Vitamin E Acetate Products Investigated in THC Oil Deaths, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

Separating Fact from Fiction on Vaping, E-cigarettes and Lung Illnesses, Guy Bentley, Reason Foundation

Don't Ban E-Cigarettes, Jacob Grier, Slate

The Mystery Lung Disease Caused by "Vaping" Was a Textbook Drug Panic, Helen Redmond, Filter Mag

Study Finds That the Vast Majority of Respiratory Diseases in Vapers Are Linked to Illegal THC Products, Jacob Sullum, Reason 

The Most Telling Sign that CDC is Protecting Illicit Marijuana Drug Dealers While Doing Everything it Can to Pin this Outbreak on Traditional E-cigarettes, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

Panic over e-cigarettes not supported by the evidence, Rob Breakinridge, Global News

Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Products, FDA Update 

Vape Cart Additive Makers Pull Products as Others Go Dark, David Downs, Leafly 

Vape Pen Lung Disease: Here's What You Need to KnowDavid Downs, Leafly

ALERT: Major Breakthrough in Investigation of "Mysterious" Lung Disease Outbreak, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

Contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, state and federal labs show, Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

The emotional and irrational hysteria in the US about the "vaping related: (or cannabis-related?) lung disease that goes far beyond confirmation bias, Dr. Farsalinos, E-cigarette Research

Health Officials Continue to Warn People Not to Use E-Cigarettes While Youth Get Life-Threatening Diseases from Vaping Marijuana, Dr. Michael Siegel, Tobacco Analysis Blogspot

Information Update- Health Canada warsn of potential risk of pulmonary illness associated with vaping products

'Momma, I'm scared': Vaping suspected in illness that's left man on life support, family says, Rebecca Lopez, WFAA

Did a Teen in Colorado Fall Gravely Ill from Vaping? Kim LaCapria, Truth or Fiction 

Crowdsourcing US Lung disease outbreak info, Amelia Howard project, ongoing with latest known info being added

Illicit Pot 'Oil' Culprit in Vaping Disease? Salynn Boyles, Medpage Today

New Mexico Department of Health Reports Eight Cases of Severe Lung Disease Associated with Vaping of THC Products, New Mexico Department of Health

Majority of Wisconsin Lung Disease Patients Who Reported Vaping Cite THC Products, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Illegal Cannabis Oil Linked To National Outbreak of Lung Damage, Foster Winans, Marijuana Times

Outbreak Update: New Possibilities, and the Feds Weigh InJim MacDonald, Vaping 360

Dank Vapes is the "Biggest Conspiracy" in Pot That Can Put You Into a Coma, Emma Betuel, Inverse

Wisconsin Man Hospitalized with Lung Damage After Using Fake Dank Vape Cart, Zach Harris, Merry Jane

Fake Vape Cartridges Are Disrupting the Legal Weed Industry and Duping Black Market Buyers,
Zach Harris, Merry Jane

Vape users: No need for alarm over death in US, expert says, Charlotte Cook, RNZ

21 Cases of Lung Disease Linked to Vaping Cannabis Bought on Street, Laura Klivins, KQED News

Counterfeit Weed Vape Cartridges Are Everywhere- and They're Making People Sick, EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone

Unlicensed marijuana vaping products eyed in 21 lung disease cases in Calif., Erin Allday, SF Chronicle

Vape Pen Lung Disease Has Insiders Eyeing Misuse of New Additives, David Downs, Leafly

Boston Pulmonologist Provides Misinformation About the Cause of Severe Lung Disease Associated with "Vaping" by Dr. Michael Siegel, Prof in Dept of Community Health Sciences, Boston U.

People are vaping THC. Lung Injuries being reported nationwide. Why is the CDC staying quiet? Jay O'Donnell and Ken Alltucker, USA Today 

Overregulating vapes will cause more injuries, not fewer: Neo-prohibitionists are intent on creating a dangerous black market, Adam Sullivan, The Gazette

Federal Health Agency Engages in Baseless Scaremongering by Linking 'Severe Lung Illness' to 'E-cigarette Aerosol': What do respiratory conditions in people who vaped black-market cannabis extracts tell us about the hazards of Juul? by Jacob Sullum, Reason

VTA Calls for Health Officials to Disclose Facts & Act Responsibly 

Lancet commentary- Nicotine without smoke: fighting the tobacco epidemic with harm reduction, Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole, Emeritus Professor Ruth Bonita, Ben Youdan, Clive Bates


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