Updated on January 21, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
The CDC released a list of 152 vaping products
that were most often implicated in cases of lung injury after vaping. Topping
the list is Dank Vapes, a brand used by 56% of the patients who were hospitalized
with vape-related lung damage. Dank
is an empty cartridge that the seller can fill, making it more susceptible
to tampering. The CDC identified a
chemical compound called vitamin E acetate, used as a thickener in vaping
products, as the cause of the lung inflammation.
Other products on the CDC list include
TKO (15%), Smart Cart (13%), Rove
(12%), Dabwood (10%), and Brass Knuckles (10%). While Dank Vapes was
most commonly reported in the Northeast and South, patients in the West
reported using the TKO and Smart Cart brands most often, while Rove was more popular
in the Midwest.
Some of the brands, like TKO, are only
sold in states with legalized marijuana. But counterfeits of these brands are
available nationwide, making it hard to tell originals from fakes.
To date, 2,291 patients have been
hospitalized and 48 people have died from vaping, according to the CDC.
About half the patients are young people in their teens or early 20s. The
agency recommends not using any electronic cigarettes or marijuana vapes,
especially those not purchased from legal dispensaries.