Flavoring and Thickening Additives in Vape: Possible Links with Cancer, Lung Illness

Scientists have announced that two separate studies indicate that flavoring additives and thickening additives in vape may be linked to (1) cancer, and (2) the mysterious vaping lung illness some vapers have recently been experiencing.

Takeaways so far:

-Researchers at Yale and Duke have found the flavoring used in electronic cigarettes could be related to cancer and other health impacts.

-A flavoring ingredient that can potentially cause cancer has been found in high levels of e-cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products by researchers at Duke Health.

-Their new study says the chemical called pulegone is in menthol and mint products.  (The FDA banned the chemical as a food additive last year.)

-While the specific cause of the vaping lung illness hasn’t been identified, health officials have linked many cases to cannabis products that contain high levels of vitamin E acetate, which is a thickening agent for vaping liquid.

-CDC Update: The US is zeroing in on marijuana vapes as it investigates a spate of mysterious illnesses and deaths tied to vaping

-A recent study of 18 THC-containing vape cartridges commissioned by NBC News found that 13 out of the 15 cartridges obtained from the illicit market contained vitamin E and that 10 contained myclobutanil, a fungicide that can turn into hydrogen cyanide when heated.

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Additives result in higher toxins for vape users

Portland State University Chemistry Professor Rob Strongin led a research team to study what happens when additives are put into vaping products. Specifically, they studied the chemical reaction that takes place when cannabis is consumed using a vape pen or dab rig. Research Findings:  “What is inhaled is actually different than what’s listed in the ingredients”.