California health officials urge residents to stop vaping tobacco, marijuana

A California health agency joined the chorus of officials across the country urging consumers to stop vaping all substances immediately, saying it’s still unsure what’s caused the recent epidemic that has sickened at least 530 and claimed nine lives in the U.S.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also announced that 90 Californians with a history of vaping have been hospitalized and two have died.

The CDPH’s recommendation to not vape includes both e-cigarettes and cannabis products. The same agency oversees the state’s marijuana manufacturing sector.

“Although CDPH regulates manufacturers of cannabis vaping products to ensure they are as safe as possible for those who choose to vape, CDPH warns that all individuals put themselves at risk any time they inhale a foreign substance into their lungs,” according to the agency.

The move follows an executive order by California Gov. Gavin Newsom that will launch a $20 million anti-vaping marketing campaign in October.

The California Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA) warned that the CDPH’s approach could actually backfire and further damage public health by bankrupting good actors in the vaping space.

“These types of blanket statements can cause an unnecessary economic blow to the regulated industry’s best operators, which could further damage public health by driving regulated operators out of business,” the CCMA said.

“We want to work with the governor to get to the true root cause: Unregulated operators who use unvetted and untested ingredients.”

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One comment on “California health officials urge residents to stop vaping tobacco, marijuana
  1. Pat on

    [ “Although CDPH regulates manufacturers of cannabis vaping products to ensure they are as safe as possible for those who choose to vape, CDPH warns that all individuals put themselves at risk any time they inhale a foreign substance into their lungs,” according to the agency. ]

    Really, CDPH? Then why in the world are you involved in regulating this? Do you make this same kind of statement with regard to people on medical inhaler’s such as albuterol and the like? Anyone can make the same caveat for anything. It’s like saying breathing in the air around you at any given moment ( as it can contain a “foreign substance” from benign to really hazardous ) carries a similar risk. Your risk mgrs/counsel can’t do better than that? If they can’t, you don’t belong in this domain.

    Oh, I almost forgot. This is all about the ( tax revenue/fees ) money. Just with the pretense that you care so much about our public’s health.

    That kind of statement cover’s your butts for not just the black market, but for ANY of your licensed, state sanctioned retailers that may be screwing up. Then there is no difference in your opinion. Bottom line.

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