The centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) eventually all but acknowledged that e-cigarette deaths and lung disease had nothing to do with legal nicotine e-cigarettes.
"For the first time, we have identified a potential toxin of concern in a patient's biological sample, vitamin E acetate," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's lead deputy director, said today. The CDC examined lung tissue samples from 29 patients in 10 states and found that all contained vitamin E acetate oil.
"These new findings are significant," Schuchat said. "We have a powerful criminal."
Legal e-cigarettes do not contain vitamin E acetate. But it is often used by drug dealers to cut THC vape bullets to increase their profits. "These findings provide direct evidence for the role of vitamin E acetate in major lung injury sites," Schuchat said.
Given that e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, have tens of millions of users around the world, and have never had an outbreak of such a disease, the CDC should be clear that there is something more at work than nicotine. While e-cigarettes are ubiquitous in places like Canada and Europe, it should be especially clear that the United States is the only country in the world to have an e-cigarette epidemic.
But the CDC insists that common e-cigarettes cannot be ruled out as a cause of the outbreak. As recently as November 1, the centers for disease control and prevention advised that "people should consider avoiding all e-cigarette or vaping products during the investigation because the specific compounds or ingredients causing lung damage are not known." "The national campaign for tobacco-free children and the Truth Initiative, the best-funded anti-tobacco group, have been highlighting the crisis, without mentioning THC or the black market.
The centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) has been reluctant to give any recognition to e-cigarettes as a useful tool for smokers trying to quit and has not clarified to the public that e-cigarette use of legal nicotine products is highly unlikely to cause e-cigarette-related deaths and lung disease.