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WI vaping investigation finds potentially harmful chemical in samples

WISCONSIN (WAOW) — Wisconsin Department of Health Services says vitamin E acetate was reported in samples, containing THC collected in current investigation.

Vitamin E acetate is commonly found in skin care products and dietary supplements, considered safe in those applications, but believed to be harmful in vape oils.

“In a portion of the products that contained THC, we did find traces or substantial amounts of vitamin E acetate,” said Jon Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of WI Department of Health Services.

Worries of the chemical was first widely reported in THC vaping oils from an investigation of vaping illnesses in New York state.

State officials found high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all laboratory results containing THC.

Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive in vape products part of New York state’s medical marijuana program.

Some Wisconsin health officials believe the chemical may be linked to the current epidemic.

“That’s something that researchers and public health professionals are investigating closely: To see if the vitamin E acetate could be responsible for these illnesses. It’s certainly one of the hypotheses were exploring,” said Meiman.

The latest numbers for the of confirmed and probable cases of vaping related illnesses sit at nearly 1300 nationwide and 76 in Wisconsin, according to the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to update data of confirmed and probable vape related illnesses every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Chase McNamara

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