The CDC has issued a number of reports showing that the lung disease associated with vaping appears to be declining from the peak and that, as speculated earlier, vitamin E acetate appears to be the prime suspect for the epidemic , The disease has killed at least 54 people and hit 2,506 people across the country.
The condition, now officially known as EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping, product-related lung injury), occurred in the summer, with hundreds of people reporting chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. When state medical agencies and the CDC began comparing grades, it became clear that vaping was the common theme of the cases – especially when using THC products.
After a short while, the CDC recommended that all vape products be discontinued and collected reports and samples from across the country. Your medical authorities have since released several reports about the disease. The most significant finding reflects earlier evidence that vitamin E acetate, an oily substance that was apparently used as a cutting agent in low-quality steam cartridges, makes at least a significant contribution to the disease:
Building on an earlier study, CDC analyzed the bronchoalveolar irrigation fluid (BAL) of a large number of EVALI patients from 16 countries and compared it with the BAL fluid of healthy people. Vitamin E acetate, which was also found in product samples tested by the FDA and state laboratories, was identified in 48 out of 51 EVALI patients in BAL fluid and was not found in any of the BAL fluids of healthy people.
This is pretty clear, but it is important that it does not relieve other, perhaps worse, additives that may not have been as common. It is clear that steam product manufacturers must restore confidence after this fatal mistake, and part of it must be transparency and regulation.
Vaping quickly gained importance and proved difficult to regulate effectively. The dodgy companies that sold imprinted cartridges with a potentially fatal adulterer have probably already got to work and moved on to the next fraud.
The good news is that the scale of the epidemic appears to have reached its maximum. There are still cases, but the number of new patients does not increase rapidly every month. Perhaps this indicates that people are following CDC's advice and are not damping as much or not at all, or that the products using the additive have been quietly withdrawn from the market.