Vitamin E acetate identified as ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illness outbreak

Tests of lung samples taken from 29 patients with vaping-related lung injuries suggest all contained Vitamin E acetate, as U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday the U.S. plans to raise the age limit for vaping to 21. A vitamin E acetate sample, seen Monday, during a tour of the Medical Marijuana Laboratory of Organic and Analytical Chemistry at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, N.Y. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta today said fluid extracted from 29 lung injury patients who vaped contained the chemical compound in all of them. NEW YORK >> U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough today into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a “very strong culprit.” The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. 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. But this is the first time they’ve found a common suspect in the damaged lungs of patients, officials said. “We are in a better place in ter...

New York health officials found Vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the marijuana vape products,

New York health officials found Vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the marijuana vape products, including the ones pictured above, used by patients who recently suffered severe lung illnesses after vaping. Health officials investigating the various severe lung disease cases tied to vaping e-cigarettes have honed in on a form of vitamin E. Vitamin E acetate was found in samples of marijuana products vaped by many of the patients, according to news reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a possible 450 cases reported in 33 states and one U.S. territory. Vitamin E acetate is commonly found in skin care products and dietary supplements. It is also known as Alpha-tocopheryl acetate, tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol acetate. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that help protect the body’s cells against the effects of free radicals, which are produced when the body converts food into energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Free radicals, which play a role in heart disease and cancer, also are produced when the body is exposed to smoke or radiation. It is not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin, accordi...