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An update from the United States: Outbreak of lung injury

An on-going investigation is taking place by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other clinical and public health partners in relation to a multistate outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI).

The general public in America have been advised not to use Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) vaping products due to their connection to this outbreak. The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern in this investigation. It is added to THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products as a thickening agent.

Vitamin E is a vitamin found in many foods, is used as a supplement and in cosmetic products and usually does not cause harm when ingested or applied to the skin. However, previous research suggests when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with normal lung functioning.

More information is needed to better understand the outbreak. While it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with EVALI, evidence is not yet sufficient to rule out contribution of other chemicals of concern.

What we know about the outbreak so far;

People as part of this investigation have reported reported symptoms such as:


The Latest outbreak information is updated by the CDC every Thursday.

Source: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2019.

The Irish situation

The HSE is currently checking all Irish vaping products for ingredient linked to US illnesses. So far, none of the products on the Irish market have been found to contain the ingredient ‘vitamin E acetate’.

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