Vapers who keep up with the news might be asking themselves if they’re at risk of vaping-related illnesses or deaths after a rash of such incidents were reported in the United States, however, there are some facts that have only recently surfaced that vapers should be aware of as the evidence points not to e-cigarettes and the e-liquid that they use, but to vape cartridges filled with THC oil cut with vitamin E acetate.
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the chemical known as vitamin E acetate has been identified as “a chemical of concern” in vaping products linked to the reported incidents of vaping-related injuries seen across the US.
Researchers at the Minnesota Department of Health released the results of a study, which was published in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, that found vitamin E acetate to be present in all of the black market samples that they tested from 2019, but none of the samples that they tested from 2018. The findings of their study suggest that “vitamin E acetate might have been introduced recently as a diluent or filler” in vaping products, the study’s authors wrote.
Vitamin E acetate was detected only in THC-containing products, not in vaping products containing only nicotine.