Ohio State Researchers Help Track Down Suspected Cause Of Vaping Illness


AREA.

MONICA

RESEARCHERS AT THE OHIO STATE

UNIVERSITY

HAVE HELPED THE C-D-C LINK AN

ADDITIVE USED IN TAINTED VAPING

CARTRIDGES. MARK:

THEY'RE LIKELY TO BLAME FOR THE

OUTBREAK OF

LUNG DISEASE AND DEATHS WE'VE

SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE

LAST SIX MONTHS.

MARK:

OUR OHIO STATEHOUSE REPORTER

JASON AUBRY TELLS US ABOUT THE

FINDINGS... WHICH WE'RE TOLD WAS

NO SURPRISE TO INDUSTRY EXPERTS.

JASON:

VAPOR INDUSTRY EXPERTS HAVE BEEN

TELLING THE CDC FROM THE

BEGINNING WHAT THEY THINK HAS

BEEN CAUSING THE ILLNESSES, NOW

WITH SOME HELP FROM RESEARCHERS

AT

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IT'S

LOOKING MORE AND

MORE LIKELY THEY MAY HAVE BEEN

RIGHT ALL

ALONG.

WHEN REPORTS OF A MYSTERIOUS

LUNG

DISEASE WAS KILLING PEOPLE WHO

VAPED -- PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY

FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS CAUSING IT

PRETTY QUICKLY. JAMES JARVIS /

PRESIDENT, OHIO VAPOR TRADE

ASSOCIATION "REALLY WE WERE KIND

OF IGNORED, UNTIL FINALLY IN

NOVEMBER THE CDC FINALLY HAD

RELEASED FINDINGS THAT YOU KNOW

THE MAJORITY

OF THESE CASES IF NOT ALL HAD

BEEN RELATED TO THIS VITAMIN E

ACETATE OIL." WORKING WITH THE

C-D-C AND F-D-A, RESEARCHERS

AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

HELPED TO

IDENTIFY VITAMIN E ACETATE FROM

TAINTED

BLACK MARKET THC VAPING

CARTRIDGES LIKELY PLAYED A ROLE

IN THE ILLNESSES... NOT

YOUR TYPICAL VAPING PRODUCTS.

JAMES JARVIS / PRESIDENT, OHIO

VAPOR TRADE ASSOCIATION "WE'RE

JUST THANKFUL THAT THEY WERE

THERE TO REALLY TAKE THIS

PROJECT ON AND REALLY PUT THE

TRUTH OUT THERE THAT WHAT IS

CAUSING THESE ILLNESSES AND WHAT

COULD HAPPEN IF THERE'S A FLAVOR

BAN TO THE ADULT VAPERS."

THE OUTBREAK AND STEEP INCREASE

IN TEEN

USE OF VAPING PRODUCTS PROVIDED

A

REASON FOR SOME IN POSITIONS OF

POWER,

LIKE GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE, TO

CALL FOR A

BAN OF FLAVORED VAPING PRODUCTS

ACROSS THE

BOARD -- SOMETHING RESEARCHERS

SAY IS A KNEE-JERK REACTION.

AMY FAIRCHILD / DEAN OF OHIO

STATE UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE OF

PUBLIC HEALTH "THERE'S NO NEW

SMOKING GUN WHEN IT COMES TO

EVIDENCE ABOUT TEENS AND ABOUT

THE DANGERS OF VAPING. WE'VE HAD

TWO RELATIVELY UNRELATED

PHENOMENON INTERSECT,

BUT SOMETIMES WHAT STANDS TO

REASON; TO

BAN DEVICES, TO BAN FLAVORS,

DOESN'T STAND

UP TO THE EVIDENCE."

FAIRCHILD SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO

KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE WHEN

IT COMES TO VAPING AND ITS USE.

AMY FAIRCHILD / DEAN OF OHIO

STATE UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE OF

PUBLIC HEALTH "THIS ISN'T JUST A

PRODUCT THAT'S ON THE MARKET,

IT'S THERE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO

ONE OF THE MOST DEADLY PRODUCTS

THAT WE AS HUMAN BEINGS HAVE

EVER CREATED."

JASON:

SMALL BUSINESSES MAY HAVE GOTTEN

A WIN TODAY, BUT THEY'RE NOT OUT

OF THE WOODS YET -- A DEADLINE

COMING UP IN MAY WITH THE FDA

COULD

DEVASTATE THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY.

MARK:

A JUDGE IS GIVING A TEXAS

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