New CDC Report Offers a Possible Clue About Why Vaping Illness Sprang Up in 2019

November 26, 2019

(STAT News) – A new report adds to the evidence that vitamin E acetate might play a role in a spate of vaping-related illnesses that have sickened thousands. It could also offer an early clue about why the illnesses appeared seemingly suddenly this year β€” though experts caution it’s too soon to rule out other potential culprits. The chemical β€” used as an additive or thickener in some vaping products β€” was found in vaping products used by 11 of 12 patients sickened with vaping-related illness in Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.