Don't Tread On Vaping® CVM Responds to Recent Media Reports About Vaping Illnesses and the Flavor Ban Proposed by FDA

Don't Tread On Vaping: CVM Responds to Recent Media Reports About Vaping Illnesses and the Flavor Ban Proposed by FDA

“Recent media reports regarding a possible link between vaping and lung illness is something that we’ve been paying attention to. Our primary distributor, Vapor Beast/Turning Point Brands, released this statement today: “Early research and data provided by Turning Point Brands scientists, as well as from the FDA and other public health entities, indicates that many of these recent tragic deaths are linked to the consumption of black market and/or adulterated THC cartridges. It is speculated, yet not fully confirmed, that a molecule called Vitamin E Acetate has been responsible for the adverse health outcomes reported in many of the cases. Vitamin E Acetate can be formed when Vitamin E and Acidic Acid are present in formulas that has a pH value below 4.8. Our preliminary analysis shows that legitimate nicotine vaping products do not contain Vitamin E Acetate and do not have pH values below 4.8.””

"FDA also issued warnings regarding the lung illness outbreak in which it stated very clearly that in order for your own protection, you should steer clear of THC containing vaping products and any products NOT purchased from a vaping retailer. Quoting that article directly, FDA states "However, in the interim, we encourage consumers to help protect themselves and avoid buying vaping products of any kind on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores.""

“Carolina Vapor Mill would also like to make it clear to everyone that the recent proposal by the Trump administration to possibly ban flavors for nicotine-containing e-liquids has absolutely nothing to do with the reports of these lung illnesses. These are two separate issues with their lines becoming blurred in the media and among many consumers. The mention by President Trump’s administration of a possible ban on flavored e-liquid was the result of a new report on Wednesday in which the Survey of Youth Tobacco Use showed that the use of vaping products by America’s youth continues to rise. While we agree with the administration as well as any parent in America on the idea that we don’t want any kids using vaping products, we do believe there are better and more effective ways to achieve the desired decline in underage use without an all-out prohibition of an adult-oriented product. Our belief is that the passage of Tobacco 21 would help in this regard by eliminating situations where some high school students are old enough to purchase these products and in turn give them to their still underage friends or classmates. Further, we know from past experiences that prohibition doesn’t work. In fact, going back to the THC related illnesses mentioned above, many of those cases have happened in states where THC or marijuana in any form is prohibited, yet these folks still acquired and used the products. Banning flavored e-liquids will lead to not only many adults going back to smoking conventional combustible tobacco but also, by FDA’s own admission, a multi-million dollar black market for e-liquids. This black market would be no different than the one causing the THC-related illness outbreak we’re seeing now. We firmly believe that American adults who are looking to stop smoking cancer-causing, combustible cigarettes should have option to vape e-liquids flavored with more than just tobacco. E-liquids flavored with something other than tobacco flavoring have proven more successful for most e-cigarette users.” 

-Lee Lance, Co-Owner/Operating Partner Carolina Vapor Mill

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