WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2019 – Earlier today, the CDC released a new report, stating that vitamin E acetate, an additive sometimes used in THC and other vaping products, may be to blame for a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that's linked to dozens of deaths.

There have been 2,051 cases of lung illness reported in 49 states, Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands. As of November 5th, there have been 39 confirmed deaths.

American Heart Association Deputy Chief Science and Medical Officer, Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., issued the following statement in response to CDC’s report:

We are very pleased progress is being made in this initial group of analyses regarding the acute severe pulmonary disease that may at least in some cases be caused by vitamin E acetate. But it is critical for the public to understand that this in no way suggests that commercially available products are safe.

We continue to echo the CDC’s guidance that e-cigarette users not use THC, especially if obtained from informal sources. Under no circumstances should youth, adolescents, young adults or pregnant women use e-cigarettes or other tobacco products.


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