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Health & FitEXPLAINER-One possible culprit in vaping lung illnesses: 'Dank Vapes'

01:00  14 september  2019
01:00  14 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Investigators identify vitamin E in vaping products as common thread in lung illnesses

Investigators identify vitamin E in vaping products as common thread in lung illnesses Vitamin E is not known to cause harm when ingested in a pill form as a vitamin supplement, but investigators said there could be dangers associated with inhaling it due to its "oil-like" properties. 

The first cases were among teens and young adults, but newer ones include patients in older age All the patients reported vaping in the weeks and months before being hospitalized, but officials said they do Doctors had seen “scattered cases” of lung illnesses tied to vaping before, but they had not

Read more: Deadly vaping lung illnesses are cropping up across the US, and experts blame everything from vegetable oil to ' Dank Vapes '. Vitamin E acetate, a component of vegetable oil, is a common ingredient and one possible culprit . Although it's meant as carrier to turn nicotine or THC

Sept 13 (Reuters) - As U.S health officials scramble to identify the root cause of hundreds of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping, one possible culprit identified so far is a line of illicit marijuana vape products sold under the brand names "Dank Vapes" and "Chronic Carts."

EXPLAINER-One possible culprit in vaping lung illnesses: 'Dank Vapes'© Getty

A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that more than half of patients with the lung illness - 24 of 41 - who were extensively interviewed in Wisconsin and Illinois reported having used the "Dank Vapes" brand.

The New York State Department of Health identified "Dank Vapes" and "Chronic Carts" as products containing Vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent in THC oil that has been a key focus in its investigation into the illnesses. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Black market cannabis products linked to US vaping illnesses

Black market cannabis products linked to US vaping illnesses Health officials said Friday that black market cannabis products could be the cause of a mysterious outbreak of severe lung disease among vapers that has sickened more than 200 people and killed two. 

As vaping -related illnesses spread, President Trump and top health officials met at the White House to discuss A state laboratory, which detected the agents in vaping products collected from New York’s patients No one has singled out a particular company, device or product as the possible culprit .

This is at least the sixth death from vaping -linked lung illnesses . More than 450 cases of illness have been Officials are narrowing the possible culprits to adulterants in vaping products purported to have THC. One potential lead is the oil derived from vitamin E, known as vitamin E acetate.

While Vitamin E acetate is often applied to skin or used as a dietary supplement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned against inhalation because "data is limited about its effects" on the lungs. The agency has advised consumers to avoid vaping THC oils or using devices bought outside of stores.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is investigating 380 confirmed or probable cases of lung illnesses tied to vaping, said the condition has not definitively been linked to a specific product or ingredient, including Vitamin E acetate.

The CDC advises against using any e-cigarette or vaping products, since most of the patients interviewed used both THC and nicotine liquids, while 20 percent used only nicotine.

A number of vape-related lung illnesses are linked to illegal brand

A number of vape-related lung illnesses are linked to illegal brand Dank Vapes and other illegal cannabis brands could tamper with vapes and cartridges, leading to lung injuries.

Officials are narrowing the possible culprits to adulterants in vaping products purported to have THC, the component in marijuana that makes users high, as well as adulterants in nicotine vaping products. The sudden onset of these mysterious illnesses and the patients’ severe and distinctive symptoms

As vaping -related lung illnesses continue to lead to hospitalizations, medically induced comas, and even deaths across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people about the risks of using e-cigarette devices, both with tobacco and cannabis products.

Leading makers of nicotine e-cigarettes, including Juul Labs Inc, British American Tobacco Plc and Imperial Brands Plc, said this week their products do not contain Vitamin E compounds or THC.

AVAILABLE ONLINE

Packaging using the "Dank Vapes" name until recently was available on Amazon, according to caches of the product links, and a Reuters review shows they are still widely available elsewhere on the Internet.

Amazon.com Inc said it took down vape paraphernalia this week in line with its policies, though the company did not specify the exact products it removed.  It said THC and e-cigarettes were not, and are not, offered on its platform.

One merchant that appeared to sell packaging for Dank Vapes and another brand on Amazon was known as Cart Essentials, according to the cached links, which are now defunct.

Cart Essentials had 39 ratings this year, almost all of them five stars. The merchant did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via Amazon's platform, and Reuters could not determine who was behind the company.

Surgery to remove teen's lung blisters is just the beginning, doctor warns

Surgery to remove teen's lung blisters is just the beginning, doctor warns "I can't prove to you this was related to vaping," Dr. Junaid Khan told Insider. "But there's definitely an association." Khan, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, said that this summer, an 18-year-old young man (who remains anonymous) came to him after suffering a blistered lung. The patient had what's called a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, a dangerous problem in which air leaks into the space between the chest wall and the lung, making it hard to breathe. This can happen when blisters pop up inside the lungs.

“ Vaping ” is shorthand for inhaling vaporized liquid, usually a mixture of nicotine and oil heated by a battery-powered atomizer in an e-cigarette On Friday, federal health officials announced the number of possible severe lung illness cases tied to vaping liquids had more than doubled to encompass

Doctors, officials urge people to stop vaping as they investigate six deaths, hundreds of potential cases of pulmonary illness . Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes Health officials are investigating more than 450 potential cases of pulmonary illness in the U.S. related to vaping and e-cigarette products.

WHAT IS IT?

Marijuana extracts used in vaping "pens" have been one of the fastest-growing segments of the cannabis industry in recent years. It is an easy way to use the product, can be concealed, and users can better control how much they take in, said David Downs, California bureau chief for cannabis website Leafly.com.

The category grew from 2% of the legal market in 2014 to 16% last year, according to BDS Analytics, an industry tracker.

The "Dank Vapes" brand is an illicit product that uses diluted THC oil, Downs said.

Drug dealers, looking to make as much money as possible,  cut THC oil with Vitamin E acetate to dilute it but make it still appear pure to consumers, Downs said. "It can cut THC oil while keeping it thick."

It is difficult to determine whether "Dank Vapes" is an actual company or a brand used by multiple operators. No one responded to calls and emails sent to numbers and addresses listed on a website, dankvapes.org.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state health department earlier this week to subpoena three companies he said market Vitamin E acetate to vape oil manufacturers. The three companies are Honey Cut Labs LLC in Santa Monica, California; Floraplex Terpenes in Ypsilanti, Michigan; and Mass Terpenes in Amherst, Massachusetts.

U.S. CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

U.S. CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday it had activated the agency's emergency operations center to help the current investigation into the cases of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. © AP Photo/David Goldman The activation of the emergency operation center (EOC) provides additional support to CDC staff, and agency experts will continue to lead the CDC response with support from additional CDC and EOC staff, the agency said.

When vaped and inhaled, this oil can harm lung cells, experts say. Illnesses and investigations. One lung expert says the White House's proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes doesn't go far "Chemicals so far implicated in vaping -related lung issues include propylene glycol, glycerin, diacetyl

Officials are narrowing the possible culprits to adulterants in vaping products purported to have THC. One potential lead is the oil derived from vitamin E, known as vitamin E acetate. Investigators at the US Food and Drug Administration found the oil in cannabis products in samples collected from

Cuomo's office in a statement said the thickeners were being marketed as a "cheaper, safer alternative that does not negatively impact flavoring or odor" and "can be used to cut vape products to any level of THC."

Honey Cut and Mass Terpenes could not be reached for comment, while Floraplex did not respond to a request for comment.

The mass-terpenes.com website had a message to customers saying it was "alarmed" by reports that Vitamin E acetate had been linked to serious lung problems and will "cooperate fully" with state and federal health authorities. It added that the company has taken steps to ensure the website has no products containing Vitamin E acetate.

DISTINCT FROM AN 'E-CIGARETTE’

Illicit THC vaping pens or similar devices are distinct from e-cigarettes, such as those made by Juul Labs, which vaporize a nicotine-filled liquid.

Nicotine, the addictive ingredient in cigarettes and other tobacco products, can cause serious problems for brain development in adolescents. The liquid generally also contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and flavorings.

Juul says that research it sponsored found that smokers who switched to its product for a few days had far less exposure to certain harmful compounds in cigarettes. But the long-term health effects of inhaling aerosol with these ingredients remain largely unknown, and studies have indicated potential risks for cardiovascular disease and lung health.

U.S. vaping illnesses top 1,000, death count is up to 18

  U.S. vaping illnesses top 1,000, death count is up to 18 The CDC has updated its numbers.NEW YORK (AP) — The outbreak of U.S. vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000 cases.

Vape -linked illnesses and deaths are surging across the United States. With no definitive answers If all the recent news about vape -related deaths and illnesses has you casting suspicious glances at Gomez told High Times she thinks the DANK vape cartridges she had been consuming may be to

Vaping critics claim that diacetyl vape can lead to a lung disease. Researchers did not conclude that a diacetyl vape will cause respiratory illness . I do treat vaping in the same way I do cigarettes when it comes to vaping in public. It is also possible that vaping may keep on growing in the technology it uses.

While e-cigarettes are marketed as a means to help smokers quit or cut down, U.S health officials are concerned they are drawing a new generation into nicotine addiction.

(Reporting by Chris Kirkham in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco and Bryan Pietsch in Washington; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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