The CDC announced today that Vitamin E Acetate is the common denominator in vaping injuries. Fluid samples were taken from the lungs of 29 patients.
Of the 29 patients, THC was identified in 82% of the samples and nicotine was identified in 62% of the samples, yet vitamin e acetate was found in ALL samples.
Vitamin E is a vitamin found in many foods, including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables. It is also available as a dietary supplement and in many cosmetic products, like skin creams. Vitamin E acetate usually does not cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin.
However, previous research suggests when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with the way the lungs function normally. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive in the production of e-cigarette or vaping products because it resembles THC oil. Vitamin E acetate is also used as a thickening ingredient in e-liquids.