Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

A chemical contained in vaping products has been linked to illnesses throughout the United States, reports say.

They also acknowledged preliminary findings released Thursday by NY officials that vitamin E acetate could be responsible for the illnesses there - particularly among people who vaped cannabis products and fell ill there.

The two people had been hospitalized after utilizing e-cigarettes to inhale cannabis or cannabis oils, the County Health Services Agency mentioned in a news release.

One source speaking to WaPo claimed that FDA officials didn't find anything unusual in nicotine liquid samples collected from patients. NY officials, for instance, note that vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for marijuana products sold in the state.

President Gregory Conley says in a statement the ban "will create a massive, multi-million dollar black market for these products, which are the same conditions that led to the recent spate of lung illnesses that are now clearly linked to illegal THC vaping products".


The CDC has issued an official health advisory against vaping products due to its risks and has warned the USA public not to buy vaping products off the street.

Health officials still don't know exactly what is causing the outbreak, but vaping appears to be a common link among affected patients.

The acetate is the oil derived from vitamin E and is typically used for skin treatments and is not known to be harmful when ingested.

The state Health Department is investigating 15 cases of possible vaping-related illness and they've just posted an online warning for parents, teachers, coaches and healthcare providers about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The U.S. surgeon general declared vaping and e-cigarette use an epidemic in December, and the CDC reports more than 3.6 million youth used e-cigarettes in 2018, a 78% increase from 2017.


"It's still puzzling to me whether it can be, really, this particular compound", he said. "Now we do not know the etiology or cause".

"Even if we removed all of the vitamin E acetate from all of these products, we're still not out of the woods". As of August 27, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 215 similar cases.

The federal department says there is no sign in Canada of an affliction reported in as many as 25 American states that seems to be linked to vaping, but it is monitoring the situation. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive substance in cannabis. Different surveys are being conducted by CDC in different states. Health officials have confirmed one fatality.

So far, the FDA has "received about 80 samples and continues to receive requests from states to send more samples for the FDA to analyze", the Friday statement said. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that 3.8 million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes, many of whom thought they were safe.


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