E-Cigarette/Vaping Outbreak Update

CDC.gov As of December 27, 2019, there have been 2,561 hospitalized cases of lung injury or deaths, associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products reported from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 55 Deaths were confirmed in 27 states and DC.

No state has gone unaffected by this e-cigarette and vaping outbreak.

Emergency department visits suggest that the outbreak of EVALI or e-cigarette, or vaping product use-associated lung injury, began in June of 2019. Cases have been declining since a peak in September., but have yet to go to levels previously seen before June and remain a constant concern.

Laboratory data support previous findings that vitamin e acetate is closely associated with EVALI.

  • The study analyzed samples from 51 EVALI cases from 16 states and a comparison group of samples from 99 healthier people for vitamin E acetate, plant oils, medium-chain triglyceride(MCT)oil, coconut oil, petroleum distillates, and diluent terpenes.
  • Vitamin E acetate was identified in bronchoalveolar lavage(BAL) fluid samples (fluid samples from the lungs) from 48 of the 51 EVALI patients, but not in the BAL fluid from the healthy comparison group.

National data shows that certain groups of EVALI patients released from the hospital are more likely to be rehospitalized or die.

Vitamin E Acetate Common Denominator in Vaping Injuries & Deaths

fatal_lung_injuryThe 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.

Be sure to stay up to date on the stats here, and more at CDC.gov

Study: Vaping Nicotine Causes Cancer

A study sponsored by National Institutes of Health showed that E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well. The amount of smoke the mice were exposed to was similar to what a human would inhale if they vaped regularly for about three to six years.

“It’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out” over time, Moon-Shong Tang, the study’s lead researcher, said in an interview. “Long term, some cancer will come out, probably. E-cigarettes are bad news.”

As e-cigarettes or vaping products are still fairly new, only time will tell as to how carcinogenic vaping nicotine actually is, yet the study is the first to link vaping nicotine to cancer.

Researchers at NYU also found that e-cigarette vapor caused DNA damage in the lungs and bladder and “inhibits DNA repair in lung tissues.” Out of 40 mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor with nicotine over 54 weeks, 22.5% developed lung cancer and 57.5% developed precancerous lesions on the bladder.

None of the 20 mice exposed to e-cigarette smoke without nicotine developed cancer over the four years they studied the mice, researchers said.

That’s “statistically very significant,” said Tang, who’s a professor at the NYU School of Medicine.

A study released in February by the University of Southern California, found that e-cigarettes cause the same molecular changes in oral tissue found in smokers or regular cigarettes.

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Latest in E-Cigarette/Vaping Outbreak

Latest in outbreak of e-cigarette and vaping lung injuries.
Users of e-cigarette and vaping products acquire fatal lung injury.

Updated 11/14/19

Courtesy of CDC.gov

As of November 13, 2019, 2,172* cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and 2 U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands).

Forty-two deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia (as of November 13, 2019).

The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI).

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