ALBANY – New York State Health Officials say a Vitamin E chemical is the “key focus” in their investigation of vaping and severe lung illnesses.
Officials said Thursday they found extremely high levels of Vitamin E Acetate in nearly all the cannabis-containing vaping products that were analyzed.
At least one vapes product containing the chemical has been linked to each person who got sick and submitted a product for testing in the state. Vitamin E Acetate is commonly available as a nutritional supplement.
The health officials said it’s not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin.
They’re investigating its health effects when inhaled because its oil-like properties could be associated with the symptoms seen in lung illnesses.
New York state has received nearly three-dozen reports of severe pulmonary illness among patients, ages 15 to 46.
All of them used at least one cannabis-containing vape product before they became ill and all reported recent use of various vape products.