Since last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a bi-weekly update on the spread of the vaping-related lung injuries it calls “EVALI.” Now the agency has announced it will end its regular announcements.
“Due to continued declines in new EVALI cases since September 2019, and the identification of vitamin E acetate as a primary cause of EVALI, today’s release is the final biweekly CDC update on the number of hospitalized EVALI cases and deaths nationally,” said the agency’s media statement. CDC will continue to update the situation “as needed” at—believe it or not—its e-cigarette information page.
The agency continues to describe the lung injuries as “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI),” repeating its conflation of nicotine-based e-cigarettes with the illicit THC vape cartridges contaminated with vitamin E acetate that are actually responsible for all of the injuries that were confirmed to be connected to specific products.
Not a single case of “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury” has been associated with an e-cigarette or any kind of nicotine vaping product.
As of Feb. 18, “EVALI” has injured 2,807 people, with victims identified in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CDC reports that 68 people from 29 states have died.
Jim McDonald – Vaping360.com – Feb 27, 2020.