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CDC: Vitamin E and THC potential link to vaping illness

Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 18:41:27-05

New developments in the investigation into vaping related lung illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it could be the result of vitamin E acetate and THC in some products.

The new findings by the CDC get us one step closer to understanding why people are developing vaping associated with lung injuries.

The CDC says the correlation has been found between vitamin e oil used in THC products most likely from less than reputable sources.

Experts say, THC oil is expensive and many times vitamin E oil is used to cut the cost.

The Children's Hospital at St. Francis here in Tulsa has seen patients with vaping associated lung injuries and doctors say the findings aren't surprising.

“The vitamin E never vaporizes it becomes particulate oil and it gets in your lungs and when it gets in your lungs it prevents your lungs from being able to receive oxygen from air and put it in your body.” Says Dr. Phil Barton, M.D. with The Children's hospital at St. Francis.

Even though the correlation is between vitamin E oil and THC the investigation is not complete.

The CDC is urging people to stop using vaping products altogether.

The CDC reports 2,051 cases of vaping associated illness and as of November 5th, there have been 40 deaths.

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