Over the past few weeks, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been investigating hundreds of mysterious, vaping-related lung ailments across the country. Nearly 450 hospital cases in 33 states have been linked to vaping, while on Friday it was reported that a man in Indiana had died after exhibiting severe symptoms of lung illness, making him the third such person to succumb to vaping-related illness. On Friday, the CDC advised the public to refrain from using any e-cigarette — cannabis, nicotine, or otherwise — authorities are able to pin down what is making people sick.
Health officials have been stupefied by the trend, with healthy young people presenting at emergency rooms with symptoms mimicking severe lung illnesses like pneumonia. And as Rolling Stone previously reported, many have questioned whether the flourishing black market of bootleg THC cartridges may be behind the trend, as opposed to traditional e-cigarettes. But a recent report