HHSC Executive Council Meets to Go over Vaping and Definition for Incurable Neurodegenerative Ailments – Texas NORML


Right now in Austin, the Well being and Human Solutions Commission (HHSC) Executive Council held a meeting to go over the existing vaping troubles in Texas and the proposed definition for a situation not too long ago added to the Texas Compassionate Use Plan (TCUP), incurable neurodegenerative ailments. Our executive director attended the public meeting and beneath are products of note on these two agenda products.


HHSC Commissioner Dr John Hellerstedt gave an overview on the existing status of the state’s response to vaping illness, know as EVAIL (for e-cigarette, or vaping, solution use connected lung injury). On August 14, 2019, the Division of State Well being Solutions (DSHS) was initial notified. DSHS has worked in conjunction with the Center for Illness Handle (CDC), US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) and regional well being departments to track clinical information surrounding possible and confirmed EVAIL situations. The initial well being alert was issued on August 16, 2019 and was updated it on September five, 2019. Vitamin E has been identified as a possible essential trigger but there is extra to understand. DSHS has produced documents and sources for the public.

As of November 12, 2019, there is an estimated 239 situations and 1 death. Of the 179 confirmed situations,

  • 22% are 18 and below
  • 72% are male
  • 9 out of 10 reported applying black marketplace THC vapes, possibly in conjunction with other substances


Incurable Neurodegenerative Ailments:

The proposed definition for incurable neurodegenerative ailments was laid out for the council. There was no added comment from the commissioners or the public. Now that the definition has been officially proposed to the HHS Executive Council, they can vote to approve it at any future meeting. We hope that this course of action will move promptly so that individuals with these situations can join the plan in a timely manner.

We will update this weblog with the meeting video as soon as it is archived.

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