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Update on Dangers of Vapes & E-Cigs

Two people sharing a light for a cigarette
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration Act (FDA), has been eyeing a common key chemical in the lung injuries caused by the use of vaping products.

What are Vaping Products?

Vaping apparatus
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Some examples of vaping products and its duplicitous packaging, they look like harmless scented air fresheners.
  • Electronic cigarettes aka e-cigarettes, vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • The use of e-cig products is also known as vaping.
  • E-cigs contraptions heat the liquid in the aerosol producing the vapes which are then inhaled into the lungs.
  • The liquid used may contain; nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound in marijuana that produces the “high”.

Fluid samples collected from the lungs of some 29 injured persons found vitamin E acetate in all samples.

While vitamin E is often used in the production of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. No one substance has emerged as the causative culprit.

What is Vitamin E Acetate? 

An assortment of edible seeds containing vitamin E
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Vitamin E is of course a vitamin we all eat/use every day. It is a component of many foods such as vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

  • It is also used as a dietary supplement and for skincare.
  • Does not cause harm when ingested or used topically.
  • Vitamin E inhaled directly into the lungs interferes with its normal functions.
  • Is often substituted for THC.
  • Used as a thickening agent in the liquids used for vaping.

Several other product sources are still being tested.

Per the CDC and FDA, this is the first time that this chemical has been detected and there appears to be much cause for concern.

As always whenever possible the best practice is to stay away from cigarettes or other related inhaled substances.

What the CDC Recommends

CDC continues to caution against the use of e-cigarette and/or vaping products that contain THC, particularly from non-regulated suppliers, such as friends or family and face to face or online dealers. Updated information can be found on their website as it becomes available.

To contact the CDC call 1-800-232-4636. Web:

19 thoughts on “Update on Dangers of Vapes & E-Cigs

  1. Interesting to read

    1. The dangers are so real.

      1. Yes. True

  2. My little brother uses these! It’s scary whenever something is addictive I think.

    1. Oh yes, continue to pray for him.

  3. I thought these were ok for people wanting to quit smoking actual cigarettes. Didn’t realize how dangerous they are. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad to shed some light.

    2. I thought so as well, Dawn. I guess the enemy finds a way to contaminate everything. I heard the news that a boy had to have double lungs transplant because his lungs were damaged by vaping. May God have mercy on us.

      1. That’s very sad. I’m starting to hear more of the tragic stories now.

      2. Oh yes, the enemy is on the prowl, always. Terrible the ways addiction works. And the advertisement touting these evils to our children.

  4. Much needed share and information. All addictions are bad, even if the origins were for a good cause.

    1. Many begin as sonething to try…then a lifetime of sadness, I see it so often.

  5. We have a program this week at school for our middle schoolers on the dangers of vaping. I hope they take it to heart. It is very dangerous and addictive.

    1. Oh yes. Not something to even try. Kids thinks it’s cool but it can be the start of lifelong problems.

      1. Yes, it can!

  6. Thanks for sharing!
    Very informative!

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  8. Seeing it on TV it looks like there’s no repercussions but truly there’s great harm not widely spoken about. Thanks for the insight

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