The government investigation into finding the exact reason behind the strange outbreak of lung injuries related to vaping across the nation could take months. According to Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at USCDC the investigation could take a few months and could yield multiple causes of the disease followed by more than one potential causes. While speaking to reporters this week she said the current phenomenon has an explanation but it may take a few months to comprehend the risky practice during preparation of these materials that caused the illness or other causes.
Besides CDC, USFDA along with state and local health departments besides public health agencies and clinical partners are investigating these nationwide cases of lung ailments that are associated with vaping products. Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products Mitch Zeller stated that they are not going to stop until the find the root cause of the problem. He explained that it is a complicated investigation with diverse products and intervening procedures that could have modified the products along the way as a majority of these cases involve THC along with presence of oils and multiple compounds.
All the patients that were sick reported long vaping history as per CDC data and majority accepted that they have been using vaping products containing THC which is a psychoactive component of cannabis. FDA warned people last week to stop using all vaping products until the investigation into lung injuries related deaths are complete. FDA acting commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless stated that though the agency is not pursuing any enforcement actions related to vaping products, but if they determine that anyone is manufacturing or distributing adulterated products for personal profit they will be treated as criminals. Schuchat confirmed that a few cases of lung injury patients have been admitted again within 5 to 55 days after being discharged.