Publicado: Sáb, Noviembre 09, 2019
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Health Officials: Vaping Illness Chemical Possibly Found

Health Officials: Vaping Illness Chemical Possibly Found

That's not definitive as an official cause; for that matter, there could be more than one cause, the Wall Street Journal reports.

While the CDC's initial warnings included telling people to avoid "e-cigarettes", they have finally updated their message to state that by e-cigarettes they really mean vaping products, and that right now they're specifically concerned about THC vapes.

As of Tuesday, there had been 2,051 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with e-cigarettes or vaping products in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, with 39 of the cases fatal.

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Scientists may finally know what's behind vaping lung illnesses that have sickened more than 2,000 in the U.S.: a combination THC and an oil derived from vitamin E, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.

But, she said, "No other potential toxins were detected".

Vitamin E acetate has been a strong candidate ever since NY state health officials first identified vitamin E acetate in several samples.

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Vitamin E acetate is believed to be used as a cutting agent in illicit products containing THC - the component of marijuana that gets people high. The CDC also tested the samples for other chemicals commonly found or added to THC products, like mineral oil, terpenes and more, but none were detected in the samples. For the study, health investigators collected bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples-that is fluid flushed into and then recollected from the lung through a tube inserted into the mouth or nose.

Although the substance was detected in all 29 of the lung samples, which came from patients in several different states, more testing is needed to establish a causal link between exposure and injury, Schuchet said, adding that "many substances are still under investigation".

Vitamin E acetate is found in lotions, shave gels, lip balms, shampoos, soaps, and anti-aging creams, as well as oral supplements.

Out of the 29 samples, 82% contained THC and 62% contained nicotine, the CDC said.

However, when inhaled in a vaporized state, it can interfere with the normal function of the lung.

While the findings released Friday are seen as a significant development, the CDC warns that there could still be additional factors at play.

During the press briefing, CDC's Dr. James Pirkle described vitamin E acetate as "enormously sticky" when it goes into the lungs, and it "does hang around". "While no definitive cause has been found, as I've said from the very beginning: if you don't know what you are smoking, don't smoke it".

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