During their press conference Friday, CDC officials unveiled the lab results of 29 patients with EVALI from across the U.S. All of their lungs showed the presence of vitamin E acetate, while other chemicals possibly found in vaping products that could have caused these injuries, such as plant or mineral oil, were nowhere to be seen. It is also available as a dietary supplement and in many cosmetic products like skin creams. "These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury within the lungs", the CDC wrote on its website.
"No other potential toxins were detected in the testing conducted so far", she added.
The CDC said it hasn't ruled out the possibility that other ingredients have caused the illness. Of the 419 THC-containing products the FDA has tested, as of November 8, 50 percent contained the sticky substance.
In a separate report, IL officials found that compared to vapers who did not get sick, those who had a lung injury were significantly more likely to use THC-containing vaping products exclusively or frequently, and were nine times more likely to have purchased products from illicit sources, such as from on-line or off the street.
President Trump on Monday said he plans to meet with representatives of the vaping industry, as well as medical professionals and state politicians, as the White House considers a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes.
"Just the lack of toxicity data for inhaled Vitamin E acetate should raise red flags", said Dr. Sven-Eric Jordt of Duke University School of Medicine.
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The "chemical of concern" that the investigation identified was vitamin E acetate. And, as I reported recently, these regulations are generally weak and inadequate, revealing a problem in the way cannabis is regulated in this country. But only medical-grade products are also tested for pesticides and heavy metals.
Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they've found a possible culprit in the national outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that has been linked to dozens of deaths.
USA public health officials have recommended that people avoid using e-cigarettes that contain THC or any products that come from illicit sources.
That's why, with the mounting death toll, some experts are calling for more stringent oversight. It's the manufacturer's job to make sure products don't include harmful chemicals.
Back in September, Michigan became the first nation to forbid sales of the majority of flavored e-cigarettes to curtail the provincial vaping outbreak and will ensure both online and in-store earnings of e-cigarette tastes except tobacco.