Discovered the substance that could be the cause of some lung diseases related to electronic cigarettes, which made more than 2 thousand people sick in the US, killing 39. This is about vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to products based on tetrahydrocannabinol (Thc), one of the major active ingredients of cannabis. This was announced by the agency for the control and prevention of diseases (CDC), but leaving open the hypothesis that other chemical substances or toxins can cause serious respiratory diseases.
The discovery is based on the analysis of fluid samples taken from the lungs of 29 sick patients, where vitamin compounds were found.
"For the first time we discovered a potential toxin of concern, vitamin E acetate, in biological samples of patients" with e-cig-related lung damage, Anne Schuchat, number two of the CDC, told a news conference.
The samples, he explained, "provided evidence of the presence of vitamin E acetate at the main site of lung injury".
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