Oregon cannabis consumers would be wise to avoid legal vapes labeled with vague ingredients like “natural flavor,” at least until April. That “natural flavor” can actually be skin moisturizer derived from shark liver oil—a substance called squalane, or squalene. Burning it could give you a lung injury.
This Thursday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will move to ban the cosmetics ingredients squalane and squalene, and a few others from entering the legal marijuana vape market, and thus, consumers’ lungs. The ban would take effect immediately.
The OLCC move would be Oregon’s first big regulation change since vaping-associated lung injuries killed 60 and injured 2,711 nationally in the fall of 2019. The mass injury series exposed critical…
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