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What went wrong in Canada

What went wrong in Canada

What went wrong in Canada

Governments, health authorities, medical professionals, anti-smoking groups and health-related nonprofits utilized mainstream media to repeatedly warn the public that vaping was injuring people without specifying that the injuries were caused from illegal THC cartridges.

Over and over again, they included vaping nicotine in their conversations, statements and announcements. A false narrative that blamed vaping nicotine for the lung injuries spread throughout the public and the health community. 

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What went wrong in Canada

What happened

What happened

Suddenly, there were hundreds of cases of severe lung injuries in areas around the USA. All the patients had vaped.

Yet, millions of smokers had been vaping nicotine for more than a decade without any cases of severe lung injuries.

In August of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they were investigating an outbreak of lung injuries.

Over 2800 cases were identified, causing 68 deaths in the USA; in Canada there were 19 cases and no deaths.

76% of the patients were under 35 and 66% were male.

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The investigation and resolution

Vaping nicotine is a harm reduction strategy used by millions of smokers all over the world. Since the injuries only occurred in North America, it was clear the injuries were being caused by something other than standard nicotine eliquid.

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Almost 100% of the injured patients reported using illegal THC cartridges. Despite the evidence, the injury was named EVALI (E-cigarette or Vaping product use-Associated Lung Injury) implying the cause was vaping nicotine.

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To identify the substance causing the injuries, lung samples from the patients were analyzed. The fat-based substance, vitamin E acetate, was identified as causing the injuries. This substance can not be dissolved in water-based nicotine eliquid; they would separate in the container.

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Vaping products used were analyzed

The patients surrendered the products they were vaping to help identify the cause of the injuries. Nicotine eliquids contained no unexpected or harmful chemicals but 9 out of 10 illegal THC carts contained vitamin E acetate which is used as a cutting agent.

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More on what happened

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APSAD paper

APSAD paper

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

A professional critique of how EVALI was handled
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Educate health professionals

Educate health professionals

Call to Action

Teach health professionals the truth about the 2019 lung injuries

This 2 page paper cites 32 references and will be your means to teach:

“Miscommunication about the causes of the US outbreak of lung diseases in vapers by public health authorities and the media”.

-Jan. 2020, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

EVERY health professional who reads this paper will have full comprehension on what caused the 2019 vaping-related lung injuries, how the CDC has deceived the public about it and, most importantly, that what they think happened in 2019 might be wrong.

 

3 easy steps to make a difference:

1. Print the paper.

2. Write “VAEP.info” on the back.

3. All you have to do now is give it to the receptionist or practitioner at health professional offices.

Because vaping is always a hot topic, this credible paper, may get passed around the staff room. Since you wrote VAEP.info on the back, you have helped them learn more PLUS given them somewhere to send their patients for infomation on tobacco harm reduction! This means YOU have made all the difference in the world!

 

Suggestions for places to drop it off:

  • pharmacies

  • emergency rooms

  • hospital admissions

  • walk in clinics

  • dentist office

  • labs

  • physiotherapy offices

  • chiropractor offices

  • naturopathy offices

  • community/public health clinics

 

  • mental health centers

  • harm reduction clinics

  • optomatrist office

  • doctor’s offices

 

We can work together to overcome the misinformation on vaping by giving health professionals the chance to learn.