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It’s time for a ‘federal reckoning’ in the wake of vaping-linked deaths, says former FDA chief

September 9, 2019


Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday the government needs to regulate cannabis products, after reports of 450 possible cases and five deaths from a mysterious lung disease linked to vaping.

Most of the patients reported vaping both nicotine and THC, the marijuana compound that creates a high. Though some reported only using nicotine.

“People who are vaping nicotine and having these reactions probably are vaping illegal products that are counterfeit,” said Dr. Gottlieb, who early in his career completed a residency in internal medicine.

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