TechnologyInvestigation into vaping illness hones in on one substance
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US officials working to track down the cause of a rash of lung illnesses connected to vaping are honing in on one potential contaminant as the investigation continues.
The substance in question is an oil derived from Vitamin E,. Vitamin E can be found in almonds and avocados, and the oil derived from it is commonly used in beauty products and nutritional supplements. But inhaling it could pose risks. The oil, Vitamin E acetate, acts like a grease coating a vaper’s lungs, Bryn Mawr College chemistry professor Michelle Francl told The Post.
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The sensor devices, which resembled smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, can detect vaping in places such as bathrooms or closets -- the kind of places where kids have tried to smoke for decades. Some are even equipped to detect THC oil, a compound found in marijuana, and pick up sound abnormalities like shouting, which could be helpful in preventing bullying. Once detected, a notification is sent to administrators, who can then step in and stop the culprit. One video, created by FlySense, even shows how school officials can track data related to vape detection.
The Centers for Disease Control says that as of August 27th, there have beenof the . Most of the patients are teens and people under 40, according to the CDC, which isn’t surprising since the US Surgeon General called vaping an Their symptoms include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. Two people have died so far after being hospitalized in Oregon and .
The Washington Post reports that officials conducting an investigation at the Food and Drug Administration found Vitamin E acetate in cannabis products used by those with the illness. The substance was also present in almost all the cannabis products used by sick patients in New York, where 34 people have come down with the severe lung illness.
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The drug bust shattered the early-morning stillness of this manicured subdivision in southeastern Wisconsin. The police pulled up outside a white-shuttered brick condo, jolting neighbors out of their beds with the thud of heavy banging on a door. What they found inside was not crystal meth or cocaine or fentanyl but slim boxes of vaping cartridges labeled with flavors like strawberry and peaches and cream. An additional 98,000 cartridges lay empty. Fifty-seven Mason jars nearby contained a substance that resembled dark honey: THC-laced liquid used for vaping, a practice that is now at the heart of a major public health scare sweeping the country.
Investigators had already ruled out infectious diseases, and were looking into contaminants and bootleg vape products as potential culprits. On Thursday, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zuckerthe acetate became “a key focus” because it is isn’t an approved additive for medical marijuana vape samples and wasn’t present in the nicotine products health authorities tested. The statement said vitamin E acetate was present in “very high levels” in “nearly all cannabis-containing samples” tested by the state.
Thevapers to avoid using e-cigarettes and related products that have been modified or bought off the street.
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