Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary are gathering information from across the industry for an upcoming special report on how to respond to new information and ongoing public health research.

The perplexing narrative of vaping-related lung illnesses escalated into a full-blown national media frenzy last week with news that a fifth person had died from alarming pulmonary symptoms. While not every case of this mysterious disease is linked to concentrated cannabinoid cartridges (or even products sold in legal state cannabis markets), the question of what, precisely, is causing vaping technology to harm individuals has captured the American consumer’s attention.