With the national media alerting the public that vaping could be causing mysterious lung illnesses – which amazingly no one could predict in advance – hitting the wires more than the final month, these who have been vaping marijuana, specially in the state of Massachusetts, have been ditching their vape pens at a quickly clip.
The Boston Globe said weekly sales of oil-filled vaporizer cartridges plunged from a current peak of $919,776 for the seven days ended Aug. 11 to $689,924 final week.
The 25% drop in sales largely reflects other sales information from states exactly where cannabis is sold legally.
State and federal authorities have warned the public about a mysterious outbreak of lung ailments from vaping that have killed seven individuals and sickened additional than 530 individuals in 38 states.
As of Thursday, the Division of Public Overall health in Massachusetts stated an investigation had been launched into 45 instances of vaping-connected illnesses.
“I just totally stopped,” Compact stated.
“I had this vaporizer that got me by means of [a vacation], but I had sufficient individuals who like me say, ‘Put the vape down’ — so I did. People are scared half to death. All my good friends are encouraging each and every other not to vape and just err on the side of caution till there is additional information on what the hell is going on.”
The Meals and Drug Administration announced Thursday that a criminal probe would be launched into businesses that manufacture vaporizers.
“State and federal officials have stated they suspect Vitamin E acetate, an additive located in some illicit marijuana vape cartridges, could be a single culprit and urged shoppers to keep away from such solutions,” The Globe stated.
It is not just individuals vaping pot but also e-cigarette devices that are major to the mysterious illness.
Brandon Pollock, chief executive of the marijuana corporation Theory Wellness, stated vape cartridges at his retailers in Good Barrington had plunged 20% considering the fact that the crisis initially went viral on social media and mainstream news final month.
Pollock predicts vaporizer sales will rebound due to the fact the public well being crisis surrounds black industry vape cartridges.
“I am not shocked there is an initial contraction,” he stated. “I truly count on an improve in sales as individuals definitely exit the black industry. I feel individuals ideal now are just digesting the news — in the extended run, this is superior for the regulated cannabis sector.”