Recently, the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a breakthrough in finding out a possible cause of the deadly lung illnesses connected to vaping.
According to the CDC, lung fluid samples from 29 patients in 10 states all contained the same chemical.
The chemical is known to be Vitamin E acetate and according to the CDC, it's a chemical found in many foods, including fruits, vegetables and vegetable oils. It is also used as a dietary supplement and in many cosmetic products.
However, the chemical usually does not cause harm when ingested as a supplement or applied to the skin; but research suggests that when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with normal lung functioning.
As of November 5th, 2019, there have been over 2,000 lung injury cases in the Unites States and a total of 39 deaths in 24 different states connected to vaping.
According to the CDC, THC has been present in most of the samples tested by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing products.
"While no definitive cause has been found, as I've said from the very beginning: if you don't know what you are smoking, don't smoke it," stated Governor Andrew Cuomo.