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US Officials Identify Strong Culprit in Cases of Vaping Illnesses

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a major breakthrough when it comes to vaping-related illnesses.

The CDC says vitamin E-acetate is likely to blame for the many people who have gotten sick and died recently. 

Health officials said that as of Nov. 5 there have been more than 2,000 cases of vaping injuries associated with e-cigarettes or vaping products and nearly 40 deaths nationwide.

The CDC says vitamin E-acetate is a "strong culprit" associated with these cases. It says only recently has the compound been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly on the black market. 

The CDC says the compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country recently and THC was identified in 82% of the samples.

The CDC says recent findings show products containing "THC--particularly from informal sources or ... in person or online dealers a major role in the outbreak."

Health officials say though this is a major breakthrough, but it may take animal studies to clearly show vitamin E-acetate single-handedly caused the lung damage that's been seen-- other ingredients could have also played a role.

While the investigation continues, the CDC says it is best to refrain from the use of all E-cigarette, or vaping products, especially those containing THC and those off the black market. 



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