skip to Main Content
Potential culprit found in vaping-related lung injuries and deaths

CDC describes “breakthrough” in finding vitamin E acetate in lung fluids of patients

Federal health officials have identified vitamin E acetate in the lung fluids of 29 people sickened in the outbreak of dangerous vaping-related lung injuries. The discovery is a “breakthrough” that points to the oil as a likely culprit in the outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people and killed at least 39, a top official said Friday.

“These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury within the lungs,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest findings point to growing evidence of vitamin E acetate as “a very strong culprit of concern,” she said.

Although the findings announced Friday do not rule out other possible compounds or ingredients that may be causing the lung injuries, Schuchat described the lab results as a “breakthrough” in the investigation. CDC tested for a wide range of substances that might be found, including plant oils and petroleum distillates, such as mineral oil.

But, she said, “No other potential toxins were detected.”

CDC officials found vitamin E acetate, an oil derived from the vitamin, in all 29 samples of lung fluid collected from patients who had fallen ill or died from lung injuries. THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, was also found in 23 patients… [Read More @ The Washington Post]

Read More About the Vaping Crisis Here

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Stories

How North Carolina cannabis stores are able to sell products that look and act like marijuana

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — As the hemp industry in North Carolina continues to grow and evolve, new variations of products are popping up on shelves. When Louis Rubio first heard…

Why some say WA efforts to diversify pot industry are not enough

A decade after Washington legalized recreational cannabis, people of color remain locked out of the multibillion-dollar industry, with some calling the state’s new efforts for inclusion a late start to…

Most Texans support legalizing marijuana for medical use, poll finds

The overwhelming majority of Texans’ support relaxing the state’s current restrictions on marijuana for both medical and recreational use, a new study found. According to the survey from the Hobby…

Florida recreational marijuana clears first hurdle to get on 2024 ballot

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recreational use of marijuana have passed a preliminary hurdle to get on the 2024 ballot, submitting more than enough petition signatures…

More Categories

Back To Top
×Close search
Search