U.S. Health officials have found more evidence implicating vitamin E acetate in the recent outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, reports AP.
Researchers compared black market vaping cartridges seized in Minnesota during the outbreak this year with vaping liquid seized in that state last year. The newer cartridges contained the compound vitamin E acetate, but none of the older samples did.
They also looked at vaping cartridges collected from a dozen patients. Vitamin E acetate was commonly found in those, too.
The study echoes other work that found the substance in the damaged lungs of 29 patients across the U.S.
“The findings further support a potential role for vitamin E acetate in causing lung injury associated with vaping products,” said Ruth Lynfield, a Minnesota health official.