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Vaping illnesses linked to vitamin E acetate

New York: A form of vitamin E has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in lung injuries related to vaping, health officials said in a major advance in a frightening outbreak that has killed 40 people and sickened 2051 in the United States.

Many patients with the mysterious illness have wound up hospitalised in intensive care units, needing ventilators or even more desperate measures to help them breathe. Most are young, male adults or even teenagers.

A man vapes with an e-cigarette. Authorities in the US think they have found at least one culprit causing lung illnesses associated with vaping.

A man vapes with an e-cigarette. Authorities in the US think they have found at least one culprit causing lung illnesses associated with vaping.Credit:AP

“For the first time, we have detected a potential toxin of concern, vitamin E acetate, from biological samples from patients,” with lung damage linked to vaping, Dr Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news briefing.

The new report, based on samples taken from the lungs of 29 patients, including two who died, she said, “provided evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury in the lungs.”

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