CDC may have found a potential cause for vaping deaths

The U.S. will raise the legal age for vaping to 21 President Donald Trump said Friday

The U.S. will raise the legal age for vaping to 21 President Donald Trump said Friday. AP

"These new findings are significant", Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said during the update.

Dr Schuchat said that other ingredients have not been ruled out and multiple causes are possible, but the "sticky" nature of the acetate and commonality of THC are 'noteworthy, ' according to CDC's Dr James Pirkle. "We have a strong culprit".

"These results are unacceptable and that is why we must reset the vapor category in the USA and earn the trust of society by working cooperatively with regulators, Attorneys General, public health officials and other stakeholders to combat underage use", K.C. Crosthwaite, CEO of Juul, said in a statement.

However, one previous study found no evidence of the lungs being coated by oil in tissue samples taken from 17 EVALI patients across the U.S. Rather, the authors concluded in their study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, that the injuries are similar to "chemical pneumonitis", or inflammation in the lungs caused by breathing in chemical fumes.

It's not clear how vitamin E acetate might actually harm the lungs.

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Twenty-three out of 28 samples contained THC.

US health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a "very strong culprit".

Trump said the administration is getting to raise the vaping age to 21 "or so" but may not go through with plans to ban flavored products. No other concerning substances were found in the samples. "While no definitive cause has been found, as I've said from the very beginning: if you don't know what you are smoking, don't smoke it".

Health officials continue to urge the public to avoid vaping and in particular, to avoid products that contain THC or that were purchased from informal sources. Another MMWR report published today, found through a survey conducted in IL, that patients who had EVALI were about nine times more likely to have gotten their products from informal sources such as a friend, a family member or the black market.

Vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, but inhaling oily droplets can be harmful.

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82% of the samples included THC; 62% included nicotine.

On Thursday, the CDC reported there have been 2,051 confirmed and probable U.S. lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as 39 deaths.

E-cigarettes have been responsible for the deaths of 40 Americans in 24 states (red).

Health officials believe the dead and injured patients used psychoactive THC-containing liquids bought off the black market that were diluted with a common chemical additive that, under vaping conditions, becomes unsafe.

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