On Friday, federal health officials announced a breakthrough in solving the mystery of why people get seriously ill from vaping. They discovered Vitamin E acetate, an oily, synthetic form of vitamin that is commonly added to THC vape black products – in lung fluid samples taken from all patients tested so far.
For months now, health officials and physicians have suspected that vitamin E acetate may cause cases of the condition now known as EVALI ( electronic cigarette or vaping, use of white-related products fractional trauma) . In the past, inhalation of oils has been implicated as a rare cause of pneumonia . And tests of vaping products related to EVALI cases have found Vitamin E acetate. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the evidence for its role has so far been completely indirect.
During a press conference Friday, CDC staff revealed the laboratory results of 29 EVALI patients from across the country. All their lungs show the presence of vitamin E acetate, while other chemicals that could be found in vaping products that could cause these injuries, such as vegetable or mineral oil, have never been observed.
"These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate at the initial site of injury in the lungs," said Ann Shuchat, CDC's deputy director, at a press conference . Later, when asked whether these results represented a breakthrough in the investigation, Schuhat replied yes.
Lab results also highlight the most common thread that binds patients with EVALI: a history of the recent use of THC vaping products. THC was detected in 82 percent of the liquid samples, while nicotine was detected in 62 percent of the samples. Interestingly, THC was detected in three patients who reported not using THC – supporting the theory that a minority of EVALI cases related to the exclusive use of nicotine products may be even more severe. little than it looks. Currently, these cases represent about 11 percent of all EVALI patients.
Despite the results, CDC staff have not ruled out that a small number of cases could be caused by nicotine e-cigarettes. So for now, the agency continues to warn that people are avoiding any products and electronic cigarettes products and especially black – marketed THC products . Putting aside electronic cigarettes, it is also likely that v Vitamin E acetate is not the only suspected chemical behind EVALI. There may be other oily additives, and at least some doctors failed to find evidence of oil-induced pneumonia in their patients, suggesting that other chemicals in these products could harm humans the lungs differently.
While the newly reported EVALI cases have begun to slow in recent weeks, the outbreak does not seem to have ended . As of November 5, there are 2,051 EVALI cases reported to the CDC in 49 countries, along with 39 deaths.