U.S. health officials have identified the probable cause of the vaping illness outbreak that has killed at least 39 people, keying in on vitamin E acetate as a “potential toxin of concern,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.
The compound used in supplements, cosmetics and some vaping products was detected in all 29 lung tissue samples from patients health officials tested, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, told reporters on a conference call.
This compound isn't typically used in vape juices and are likely used in black market THC cartridges due to neglect or ignorance.
While it is unfortunate that an additive to THC juice was used to create harm and injury to others, the nicotine vaping community, which has been around for almost a decade without an outbreak, may see less government pressure as a result.
It's important to note, the primary ingredients in vape juices, like those sold on our site, contain a blend of PG, VG, Nicotine, and flavorings. Vitamin E acetate is not used by any of our trusted manufacturers or vendors.
The CDC recommends avoiding any black market vaping products.