Breakthrough in CDC vaping illness investigation: Vitamin E acetate linked to THC may be to blame

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In September, New York health officials linked cases of severe lung illness to vitamin E acetate in cannabis-containing vaping products. Until the investigation is complete, the CDC suggests people refrain from using all vaping products with THC, no matter where people buy them. At the time, investigators said it was "a key focus" of the state's investigation into the illnesses. The CDC says its tests found vitamin E acetate in samples taken from 29 patients who were sick with vaping-related illness in 10 states. James Pirkle described vitamin E acetate as "enormously sticky" when it goes into the lungs, and it "does hang around."

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Vitamin E acetate, an additive sometimes used in THC and other vaping products, may be to blame for a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that's linked to dozens of deaths, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said she would characterize it as a breakthrough in the agency's investigation, although more tests are necessary. "These new findings are significant," Schuchat said during a press briefing on Friday. "We have a strong culprit." There is still more work to do and the CDC said it is continuing to test for a wide range of chemicals. "This does...

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