Vitamin E acetate, primary focus in vaping investigation

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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 vape 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.

However, they’re investigating its health effects when inhaled — because its oil-like properties could be associated with the symptoms seen in lung illnesses.

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