Health Officials May Have Found the Chemical at the Center of Vaping Illness Outbreak

(NEW YORK) — U.S. health officials reported a breakthrough Friday in their investigation into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses. A government lab found the same chemical compound in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. The compound — vitamin E acetate — was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick. Officials said this is the first time they’ve found a common suspect in the damaged lungs of patients. “We are in a better place in terms of having one very strong culprit,” said the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat. But agency officials cautioned they cannot rule out all other toxic substances, and it may take animal studies to clearly show vitamin E acetate causes the lung damage that’s been seen. More than 2,000 Americans who use vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teen and young adults, and at least 40 people have died. Vitamin E acetate has recently been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vape cartridges. While vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, inhaling oily droplets can be harmful. Many who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, with many saying they got them from friends or bought them on the black market. About two months ago, New York ...
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