UPDATE: Latest on USA Lung Disease
Since March 2019, over 2,000 cases of lung injury from vaping have been reported in the USA, including 42 deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities in the USA are thoroughly investigating these illnesses, and rightly so. At Podvapes™, we totally support these investigations, and continue to monitor and share the results with our customers. Click here to see full information on the CDC website.
CDC reports that “as of November 13, 2019, 2,172 cases of e-cigarette associated lung injury have been reported to CDC. Forty-two deaths have been confirmed.”
Fortunately the CDC has seen a decline in reported onset and hospitalization since the peak in mid September 2019, as the chart from the CDC website below shows.
Vitamin E Acetate & THC
CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern. This was found in ALL of the samples collected. According to CDC, Vitamin E acetate might be used as an additive that acts as a thickening agent in THC-containing vaping liquids. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.
"CDC recommends that people should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers. Until the relationship of vitamin E acetate and lung health is better understood, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products. In addition, people should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer."
Risks With Unknown Vaping Chemicals
Traditional open-system devices require users to mix their own liquids. This is complicated and messy and inherently very dangerous. The potential risks are compounded when vapers consume vaping liquids with unknown chemical ingredients.
Vaping liquids containing THC are available for sale online and in various black markets. Many of these sell counterfeit vaping liquids.
Pods from Podvapes™
The pods available through Podvapes™ are pre-mixed for your convenience and safety. Our pods are manufactured by reputable and well-known brands, and nicotine e-liquids do not contain Vitamin E acetate or THC.
Our pods contain these 4 ingredients:
- PG (Propylene Glycol): A colourless, odourless liquid that is completely water-soluble. It is the fluid that provides the ‘throat hit’ and creates the sensation that is similar to traditional cigarette smoking.
- VG (Vegetable Glycerin): A clear, natural odourless liquid produced from vegetable oils that gives a thick sensation to the vapour.
- Food Grade Flavouring: The PG/VG base is flavourless and therefore food grade flavourings are added to the solution.
- Nicotine Salt: This is freebase nicotine is bonded with one or more organic compounds to create a stable molecule. (Old-style vaping liquids often just have freebase nicotine. Nicotine salt is better, and is a more natural state of nicotine and closer to the nicotine found in tobacco leaf.)
Millions of people have been vaping nicotine e-liquids using these ingredients for over a decade without any evidence of serious lung damage.
There is a lot of misinformation about vaping. The Podvapes™ website has facts about vaping, including various government studies into vaping.
The UK government’s Public Health England recently published this review that showed switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has just launched a Vaping Facts website
to promote the true facts about vaping. The NZ Ministry of Health says vaping can help achieve the NZ government’s goal of Smokefree New Zealand by 2025.
In the UK, the Birmingham City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital sell vaping products to patients, visitors and staff to deter and eliminate tobacco smoking at the hospital and its grounds.
Vaping is a better alternative than tobacco smoking, but not if you buy counterfeit products or mix unknown ingredients into dangerous cocktails.
We hope this helps put your mind at ease. Podvapes™ will continue to update you on any new facts about vaping.Links:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Public Health England’s Independent Review
- Vaping Facts website