The CDC reporting over 2200 cases of acute respiratory distress syndrome they believe is associated with vaping.
· As of Thursday, November 21st, the CDC has reported 2,290 cases of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome they believe is associated with vaping.
It is believed that as many as 47 patients have died from the condition.
Subsequent biopsies of 17 victims indicate, “airway-centered chemical pneumonitis from one or more inhaled toxic substances, but the agents responsible remain unknown.
What is causing it? According to the CDC, the contamination stems from the supply chain for illicit market THC vape carts. In a statement, the CDC said, “The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.”
There are multiple known contaminants in illicit vape carts that could cause lung injury. But on November 8th, the CDC announced, “a very strong culprit of concern” – Vitamin E oil.
Lung fluid analysis of 29 victims tested positive for the substance.
Why Vitamin E Oil?
We know that using vitamin E topically is not harmful, but questions are being raised about its effects on the lungs when inhaled.
NBC News has reported that many of the lung issues reported have officially been diagnosed as “Lipoid Pneumonia” which happens when cells with a large amount of lipids are concentrated in the lungs.
One way to have this happen is to inhale fatty oil such as Vitamin E acetate.
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