The same chemical compound was found to be in fluid from the patients of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The compound – vitamin E acetate – which was previously found to be in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices.
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"We are in a better place in terms of having a very strong culprit," said the CDC's dr. Anne Schuchat.
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More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teen and young adults, and at least 40 people have died.
Vitamin E acetate has only recently been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vape cartridges. While vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to be used on the skin, inhaling oily droplets of it can be harmful. It's sticky and stays in the lung ̵
THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana, with many saying they got them from friends or bought them on the black market.
E-cigarettes and other vaping devices heat a liquid into an inhalable vapor.
Pirkle said thickeners like vitamin E probably would not be routinely added to nicotine liquids, which need to be more watery for vaping.
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"CDC continues to recommend that people should not use e-cigarette , or vaping, THC, THAT'S THE BREAKDOWN OF THOMAS all vaping products in the state, including those made with nicotine and with marijuana for both medical and recreational sales. A physician at the Lehigh Valley's newest medical marijuana dispensary that has been opened in the UK has reportedly reported that it has lost 50,000 patients.
Symptoms of the vaping illness include trouble breathing, chest pain, fatigue and vomiting.
About two months ago, New York drew attention to vitamin E acetate in the state's public health products in samples of vaping products from sick patients.
The chemical has shown up in tests in other labs, too, including, a. The Cincinnati Food and Drug Administration lab found that over 400 THC samples have been found.
For the latest test, the CDC has been used in the treatment of 29 patients in 10 states, including two who died. Lab workers looked at a range of substances that have been found in various vaping devices, including nicotine, THC and other marijuana components, plant oils, mineral oil and cutting agents used on the black market.
It was an exhaustive list of more than 1,000, said Pirkle, who oversees agency's chemical analysis labs.
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"What do you think?" "said Scott Becker, head of the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
Portland State University's Robert Strongin, who's researched e-cigarettes, welcomed the CDC's report but cautioned it does not mean other ingredients in vaping products are safe. "They still could cause long-term harm," he said.
The CDC's Pirkle said: "We really need the animal study to nail down cause and." effect, "he said.
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