Article by Hamilton Spectator
Canadian health officials say a chemical compound discovered in lung fluid taken from 29 patients with a mysterious vaping-related illness is not allowed in Canadian cannabis vaping products.
Still, a spokesperson for Health Canada says the agency, along with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is actively monitoring the apparent U.S. breakthrough.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has a “very strong culprit” in vitamin E acetate, which has only recently been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vape cartridges.
Vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, but inhaling oily droplets of it can be harmful because the sticky substances can stay in the lungs.
More than 2,000 Americans have become ill since March — many of them teens and young adults — and at least 40 have died.