WA State Bans Sale of Vape Products Containing Vitamin E Acetate
Perhaps we're learning that testing and research helps before you start sticking additives into products that are ingested into our bodies.
The Washington State Department of Health (WSDH) has just issued a statewide ban on the sale of vaping products that contain Vitamin E acetate, or artificially manufactured Vitamin E.
Vitamin E acetate is nothing new, it's used in many cosmetic products and in some dietary supplements. It's believed to have anti-oxidant properties that combat 'free radicals' in the body. Supposed to help with aging, some say, in the cosmetic world.
BUT it appears there is very little, if none at all, research on what happens to the body when Vitamin E acetate is inhaled or smoked. According to the WSDH:
"We are deeply concerned by a new study finding Vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury in patients’ lungs, “While we still need more research to identify a definitive cause, the evidence we have linking vitamin E acetate to the outbreak demands immediate action to protect the public’s health. Furthermore, we are very aware there may be more than one cause for these lung injuries associated with vaping.” -(Secretary of Health John Wiesman.)
The compound is used to thicken out vape juice, and allow manufacturers to produce more of the liquid so it will go farther, hence, use less actual juice. It allows them to produce more vials using less materials.
This ban comes on the heels of an earlier ban late this summer on flavored vaping products, apart from traditional nicotine 'only' vape containers.