OLYMPIA, Wash.—Washington state’s ban on all vape products containing vitamin E acetate went into effect yesterday, reports U.S. News. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive, most notably as a thickening agent in vaping products that contain THC.
The ban was implemented by the state’s board of health after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the chemical was a common additive that connected the recent string of vape-related illnesses and deaths nationwide.
Vitamin E acetate is also used in supplements and skin creams but does not appear to cause harm to the body when taken orally or used on the skin. Currently, it is unknown how much of the chemical is used in vaping products.
In addition to its statement on Vitamin E, the CDC also shared that “[T]he latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.” In other words, the organization believes that the vaping of unregulated, black-market cartridges infused with THC is a substantial source of this public health issue.