Tennessee Health Officials: Vaping Can Lead to Date Rape

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By William Hicks | 12:44 pm, January 12, 2017
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The Tennessee Department of Health is now claiming that e-cigarettes could be an accessory to date rape. 

While there have never been confirmed reports of this happening, portable vapes could conceivably be filled with GBL or another date rape drug and used to incapacitate a person.

From the report:

Persons should not use ENDS devices [vapes] offered to them by friends or acquaintances to prevent the spread of illness; more importantly, ENDS can be delivery systems for incapacitating agents such as gamma butyrolactone, GBL, more commonly known as the date rape drug. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Association, victims of date rape drugs are frequently not aware of ingesting the drug, which is a central nervous system depressant and may cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, loss of inhibition, memory loss and visual disturbance.

The Department of Health report cites information from the DEA about date rape drugs in general but does not provide any evidence that these drugs are ever used in conjunction with vapes. Even configuring these chemicals to be used in a vape pen or other device is not readily available information.

This report is clearly just the work of an overly imaginative bureaucrat.

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