On 28th August, Rolling Stone magazine reported on cases of lung disease detected in the US and caused by the use of counterfeit THC vape cartridges in e-cigarettes. The CDC has announced it is aware of 193 cases across 22 US states linked to vaping, though it is not clear how many are attributable to counterfeit THC cartridges, although 28 cases have been confirmed in California. It is said that counterfeit cartridges have become much more common as the market has exploded in recent years, with vendors advertising counterfeit and bootleg products on Snapchat and Instagram, and there are even wholly black market brands. Others are counterfeit versions of dispensary brands, such as Bulletproof Vapes, with dealers purchasing fake dispensary product testing stickers as a way of making them look more legitimate.
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