A Vaping Hole

Regulatory gaps and legal roadblocks are frustrating efforts to pinpoint the cause of critical lung disease suddenly striking teens and young adults who vape. 

Until now, the FDA has neither reviewed nor regulated vape products. But 193 potential cases of lung disease and 1 reported death this summer have upped the ante for intervention. 

A leading theory, though, is that the outbreak may be caused by oil found in THC vapes—a product the FDA can’t regulate because marijuana is an illegal drug. The CDC may issue a national alert but, in the meantime, state health officials are scrambling to track the outbreak and identify potential causes. 


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