Sep 26, 2019

Revenue from marijuana vaping products dips 15% amid health fears

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The legal marijuana industry's revenue from sales of vaping products has dropped 15% amid health fears stemming from a vaping-related lung illness, AP reports.

Why it matters: Most of the patients who were sickened had a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC, the chemical found in marijuana, and nearly all cases were found in people who purchased products from illegal sellers. Federal and state health agencies have advised the public to stop vaping until they can find conclusive evidence about the cause of the illness.

  • Oregon, which has the only death linked to THC vapes bought at legal shops, has seen its revenue drop more than 60%.
  • New Mexico, Massachusetts, Nevada and Montana all saw revenue drops of one-third or more — while California's fell by 6%. 
  • Authorized shops are trying to "boost the public's confidence," per AP. Some are promoting their vaping products as government-tested or demanding ingredient lists from vendors. Others are scrambling to get liability insurance.

Of note: Blu e-cigarettes maker Imperial Brands became the first global tobacco maker on Thursday to warn sales and profit would be lower than expected this year due to the U.S. crackdown on vaping products, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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CDC confirms 2,758 hospital cases of lung injury linked to vaping

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There are 2,758 confirmed hospital cases of lung injury associated with vaping in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Feb 4.

The big picture: Nationally, most vaping-related patients with data on how they sourced products reported obtaining THC-containing products from "informal sources," per the CDC. The agency now recommends users should consider no longer vaping THC products, rather than its original claim to refrain from e-cigarettes.

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FDA: Stop using THC vaping products

A man uses an e-cigarette in D.C. in 2018. Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

The FDA released a consumer alert on Friday stating the public should not use vaping products that contain THC, the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

Why it matters: Officials from the Centers for Disease Control say that THC vape products have been linked to a majority of patients with vaping-related lung injuries, which have caused 18 deaths as of Oct. 4. There are currently 1,080 confirmed and probable cases of the lung injury, per the CDC.

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CDC: THC products linked to vaping-related lung injuries

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The CDC announced Friday that THC vape products have been linked to a majority of patients with vaping-related lung injuries, citing to data from 1 local and 1 national study.

Why it matters: While the CDC is not shifting its focus away from nicotine, officials said 77% of those with exposure histories reported using products that contain THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products.

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