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Black Market Vapes And Nazi Gas Chambers: Similar Deadly Chemical Found

New vaping products circulating around the black market have been linked to recent cases of lung damage in the U.S. Experts warned that cartridges from Dank Vapes produce a chemical that was also used by Nazis during the Holocaust.

Dank Vapes mainly offers vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. But it is only a brand without a clear background about its manufacturer, according to Inverse.  

However, Dank Vapes has been getting more popular among people, particularly teenagers, who prefer smoking cannabis on e-cigarettes. 

“They act like a cannabis company but they actually don’t exist. They’re in the packaging industry,” Mark Hoashi, founder of cannabis-focused Doja App, told Inverse. “These are just people filling cartridges as ‘Dank Vapes.’ It’s not a singular facility.”

He claimed that vaping cartridges were made by random people in their garages. Another concern raised by vape sellers is that Dank Vapes is not covered by current regulations on the black market, which increases the risk of having unknown and potentially harmful substances. 

One of the latest cases linked to the black market vapes was a 26-year-old man from Wisconsin, who is in a medically induced coma due to severe heart and lung damage. His brother said he was hospitalized after vaping cannabis from Dank Vapes, Futurism reported Monday

Many vaping products being sold on the black market contain unsafe levels of myclobutanil. The compound produces hydrogen cyanide that was used by the Nazis for a poison in gas chambers during the Holocaust, according to Myron Ronay, CEO of BelCosta Labs, a cannabis testing lab. 

Experts and public health officials fear the negative effects of vaping may affect more people in the future. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched an investigation following a series of severe lung disease cases related to vaping.

In June, the agency reported 94 patients who were hospitalized due to serious lung illnesses. Wisconsin is among the 14 states with the highest number of cases.

“The Dank Vapes brand will continue to get bigger and grow more in illegal states,” a Stay Humble host said in a podcast. “They are cheaper, and even in legal states where legal meds are taxed very high, some people still prefer the cheaper options on the black market.”

Vape Vaping has been linked to a number of cases of severe lung damage in e-cigarette users in the U.S. Pixabay