Regulated Markets Mean Greater Safety, Yale Vaping Study Shows

A new study out of Yale University yields some important clues about how governments can prevent the kind of vape-related lung illnesses that broke out in the United States last year. In simple terms, legalize the product.

The researchers examined state-by-state data on the 2019 outbreak of ‘e‐cigarette or vaping product use‐associated lung injury’ (EVALI). They found that states where e-cigarette use and legal marijuana sales were more prevalent had fewer EVALI cases. In states where people rely on an unregulated black market, EVALI cases were much higher.

The source of the 2019 outbreak was initially a mystery and people were advised to stop vaping altogether. Authorities later traced the illnesses to the use of vitamin E acetate in illicit products.

Read more at Westword


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