Vapes and Counterfeit THC products linked to deaths and illnesses

"Dank Vapes" pictured above, is one of the counterfeit THC cartridge brands linked in the latest vaping illness epidemic.

Joe Borunda

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Vaping: It’s No Joke 

You may have seen the recent commercials and heard the ads warning against vaping, but do you really know how dangerous it is?  Vapes containing nicotine, such as JUUL, are the ones being scrutinized mainly, but fake marijuana cartridges are also at fault.  The first reported illness from vaping occurred in September, with the first death being reported in early October.  

The CDC says that vapes can contain as much or more harmful chemicals than cigarettes, despite being advertised as a safer alternative to smoking.  These vapes include Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycol, both extremely detrimental to your health when heated and inhaled. They also contain other chemicals that can stain your lungs or cause cardiac arrest.  With the rise of marijuana vapes, counterfeits quickly followed suit. The sales point is that you could smoke discreetly without worrying about getting caught. Pretty sweet sales pitch, right? Well the problem is that anybody can buy empty cartridges and packaging that advertise it as containing as much as 90 plus percent THC.  This is appealing to teenagers and adults alike, thus making it easy to get scammed. You really don’t know what’s in these JUULS or marijuana cartridges, since its not regulated. It’s best to stay away and avoid vaping in general, the health risks far outweigh the benefits. With 2,000 illnesses and 40 deaths reported, this isn’t something to play with, this is an epidemic.

“Dank Vapes” pictured above, is one of the counterfeit THC cartridge brands linked in the latest vaping illness epidemic.