Illinois officials on Friday reported what they consider the first death in the nation linked to vaping after the person contracted a serious lung disease. They didn’t say if the e-cigarette contained marijuana oil or just nicotine. […]
Officials cautioned, however, that there have been respiratory illnesses diagnosed where the vaping product did not contain marijuana.
* New York Times…
Health officials in New York State said on Thursday that they are investigating a possible cause of a recent surge in severe vaping-related illnesses: a compound called vitamin E acetate.
The state Department of Health said in a news release that “very high levels” of the compound had been found in 13 samples from eight of 34 patients who have gotten ill in New York. The samples were analyzed as part of an investigation by the Wadsworth Center, a state laboratory. […]
“No one substance, including vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all of the samples tested,” [Michael Felberbaum, a spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration] said. “Importantly, identifying any compounds that are present in the samples will be one piece of the puzzle but will not necessarily answer questions about causality.” […]
Dr. Zucker, the health commissioner, said that all of the products containing vitamin E acetate were “on the black market” and not part of New York State’s medical marijuana program.
* New York State Department of Health…
Laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing samples analyzed by the Wadsworth Center as part of this investigation. At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing. Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested. […]
Anyone using vape products should never use unregulated products purchased “off the street.” Cannabis-containing products are not legally available in New York State for recreational use. These unregulated products are not tested and may contain harmful substances. Users of vape products should never modify vape products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
I checked with Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), who sponsored Illinois’ legalization bill. The current law, she said, does not specifically ban this additive. But there are strict limits to how much of any substance can be used to dilute concentrated oils.
* Vaping anything can be more dangerous than some may have believed…
When that vapor cools down in the lungs, it returns to its original state at that temperature and pressure, she said, which means “it has now coated the inside of your lungs with that oil,” [Michelle Francl, a chemistry professor at Bryn Mawr College] said. […]
Unlike the human digestive tract, which can break down and get rid of foreign substances, the lungs aren’t designed to handle anything except gases, experts said.
Laura Crotty Alexander, a lung inflammation and e-cigarette researcher at the University of California at San Diego’s School of Medicine, said it’s not clear whether the chemical itself or its byproducts could be toxic.
* ABC 7…
A suburban [Gurnee] teen is hospitalized, fighting to breathe, due to a lung infection his parents say was caused by vaping. […]
“I’m 18 years old and my lungs are like a 70-year-old’s,” he said.
Adam spent the last year and a half consuming about one and a half Juul pods a day.
Michigan became the first state to ban both online and in-store sales of flavored e-cigarettes Wednesday.
Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison commended Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for taking action, and called on Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and state lawmakers to do the same to protect teens and young adults.
Pritzker’s spokeswoman released a statement, saying, “The Governor has convened a working group of medical and legal experts to study the scientific evidence so they can develop long-term solutions to keep Illinoisans safe and healthy. So far, this administration has worked with the General Assembly to raise the smoking age to 21 and made e-cigarettes and vaping much more difficult for young people to get their hands on.”
…Adding… Introduced yesterday by Rep. Deb Conroy…
Creates the Flavored Tobacco Ban Act. Prohibits the sale or distribution by an establishment of any flavored tobacco product. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall enforce the Act and may adopt rules or guidelines for the implementation and enforcement of the Act. Amends the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995. Permits the Department of Revenue to suspend the license of any distributor that violates the Flavored Tobacco Ban Act.
* Springfield Smoking Ban Extended To E-Cigarettes, Vaping