Trump will meet with vaping industry officials to address 'e-cigarette dilemma'

U.S. CDC reports 'breakthrough' in vaping lung injury probe

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The compound - vitamin E acetate - was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick.

According to the CDC, analyses of samples of fluid collected from the lungs of 29 patients in 10 states identified vitamin E acetate in all the samples.

Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced plans for the ban in September in an effort to curb youth vaping, the Wall Street Journal reported. He said factors include the availability of donor lungs and the chronic effects of illnesses from vaping that could lead to other types of conditions.

"Vitamin E acetate usually does not cause harm when swallowed as a vitamin supplement or applied topically to the skin", Schuchat said.

According to the Associated Press news agency, the death in IL is the first from a vaping-related illness in the US.

These findings come at a crucial time, as reports of lung-related e-cigarette injuries are increasing, even while many distributors continue to claim that using e-cigarettes are safe and can help tobacco cigarette smokers kick the habit. "We believe that raising the age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products to 21, in combination with new sales restrictions, is a much smarter path forward than prohibition".

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs declined to provide an answer as to whether it had heard from the administration about such a meeting, though a spokesperson said the company is "continuing to refrain from lobbying the administration on its draft flavor guidance while we take significant actions to combat underage use and convert adult smokers". But more than one third of US states have already raised their sales age to 21.

Schuchat said officials still need to test lung fluid samples from patients in different locations and from e-cigarette users who do not have the illness.

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"We have known for decades that smoking increases your risk for heart attack and dying from heart disease", said Christine Albert, MD, MPH, founding chair of the newly established Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute.

The CDC also ran tests on a range of other chemicals that could be found in e-cigarettes, or vaping products, including plant oils, petroleum distallates like mineral oil, MCT oil, and terpenes.

While federal health officials have yet to point out any one compound or ingredient that caused at least 39 vaping deaths and more than 2,000 illnesses nationwide, the agency pointed its finger Friday at vitamin E acetate as the "chemical of concern".

The Trump administration has been expected to unveil a long-anticipated ban on flavored tobacco products. The cases were reported to the CDC from 49 states, (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and one USA territory.

The substance was detected in all 29 lung samples that the CDC analyzed, suggesting a strong correlation.

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

Don Bailey, a former member of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board, said Michigan should have banned vitamin E acetate over the summer when health officials began suspecting the additive was to blame for the outbreak.

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