Vitamin E Acetate

About Vitamin E Acetate

Vitamin E is the common name for a class of fats/oils called tocopherols. Tocopherols occur naturally in corn, vegetable oil, nuts, and seeds. They are often added to breakfast cereal as a dietary supplement and lotions to reduce scar tissue generation. However, the industries supplying these products warn that tocopherol should not be inhaled.

Vitamin E acetate is a synthetic derivative of naturally occurring tocopherol. Many irresponsible vape oil and e-cigarette producers have begun adding Vitamin E acetate to their products as a thickening agent. Like naturally occurring tocopherol, vitamin E acetate should not be inhaled. According to the CDC, all tocopherols may disrupt the function of the fluid lining the surface of the lungs, but vitamin E acetate works particularly quickly to destabilize the permeation of oxygen through bronchial structures.

Consistent inhalation of vape oil containing vitamin E acetate could result in rapid lung cell degeneration and development of a condition called vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI). Symptoms of VAPI include shortness of breath, coughing, fever, nausea, chest pain, increased heart rate, and severe weight loss. Many individuals diagnosed with VAPI require hospitalization and mechanical ventilation.

Reporting

According to the MRA technical bulletin issued November 22, 2019, Cannabis and cannabis-derived products are not safe for consumption if they contain vitamin E acetate in quantities exceeding 100 parts per million (ppm).

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