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Vitamin E Acetate Is A “Very Strong Culprit” In Vaping-Related Illnesses, CDC Report Says
The New York Times (11/8) reported an analysis of lung fluid samples taken from 29 patients with vaping-related illness, “including two who died,” suggests that vitamin E acetate is a “very strong culprit” in causing the lung injuries. The article says that the samples were taken from patients across the US, so the findings could have implications nationwide. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said, “For the first time, we have detected a potential toxin of concern, vitamin E acetate, from biological samples from patients.” Dr. Schuchat added that the analysis “provided evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury in the lungs.”

The Washington Post (11/8) reported the CDC found vitamin E acetate in all 29 samples, and THC in 23 samples, including from three patients who said they had not vaped products containing THC. The CDC also found nicotine in 16 samples.

The AP (11/8) reported that vitamin E acetate was already a suspected compound, because it “was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick.” The article adds that more than 2,000 people have been affected by vaping-related lung injuries, and at least 40 have died.

On its website, CNN (11/8) reported that during a press briefing, Dr. James Pirkle of the CDC said that vitamin E acetate is “enormously sticky” in the lungs, so it “does hang around.” Dr. Pirkle also said that the presence of THC in so many of the samples was “noteworthy,” because that chemical tends to leave the lungs quickly