For Immediate Release:
September 27th, 2019
BREAKING: CDC Confirms THC Vaping to Blame for Vaping Illness; Urges Americans to Avoid Marijuana Vaping Products
(Alexandria, VA) – Today, the Centers for Disease Control urged Americans to “refrain from the use of vaping products, particularly those containing THC.” This marks the first time the agency has explicitly warned against the use of all THC vaping products. Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy advisor released the following statement in response:
“For too long, officials have allowed the marijuana industry to run ahead of the science, ahead of the warnings from public health and safety officials, ahead of the advice of the overwhelming majority of medical associations, and now Big Marijuana’s latest innovation has turned fatal.
“Senators considering supporting the SAFE Banking Act, henceforth referred to as the VAPE Banking Act, should pay attention. By expanding banking access and institutional investment into this industry, you are paving the way to the proliferation of addictive, harmful, and fatal products in our country.
“It is time for the Trump Administration to take action by removing every marijuana vaping product from the shelves in “legal” states, shut down supply lines for the product, and place an immediate moratorium on the expansion of this industry.”
Co-founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is the nation’s premier non-profit, non-partisan marijuana policy organization. Advised by a blue ribbon scientific advisory board, SAM envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Its mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.
SAM has advised almost every state government in the U.S., Pope Francis, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and several other governments, dignitaries, and international organizations. It has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, and SAM team members have testified before Congress numerous times, as well as appearing in almost every media outlet in the country.