A new report states that some people who have fallen ill after drinking nicotine or marijuana products may have a chemical burn.
Pulmonary tissue was examined in 17 patients. Two samples came from deceased patients.
Dr. Brandon T. Larsen, a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, describes the damage as toxic chemical burn, reports the New York Times
. also compared to injuries caused by mustard gas used as a weapon of World War I.
The results were published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Samples came from 1
About 70 percent had a history of vaping marijuana or cannabis oil.
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More than 800 cases of lung disease in 46 states were related to vaping, and 18 people died.