January 20, 2020
Nearly one-third of patients with vaping-related illness need intubation and mechanical breathing help, the researchers noted.
The cause of these lung emergencies appears to be vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent in many e-cigarettes that contain THC -- the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new analysis was published online Jan. 15 in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians (JACEP) Open.
"The simplest way to avoid EVALI is to avoid these products," Works said in a news release from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
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