Washington banned the sale of vapor products containing vitamin E acetate on 18th November 2019, and federal health officials have found that the compound may be the cause of e-cigarette-related diseases that have caused more than 2,000 people across the country. The National Health Council’s ban will take effect on 20th November 2019, after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released this month’s findings linking the compound to the outbreak of lung injury. According to data published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the report of the disease began earlier this year, it has been reported that around 2,172 people were sick, and 42 died in the US. In Washington, 15 cases have been confirmed since April, and health officials have passed an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products in October 2019. On 19th November 2019, the regulation was expanded to include products that contain vitamin E acetate.
State Wine and Cannabis Committee spokesperson Brian Smith said retailers now need to provide customers with a list of ingredients in their vaporized products, and no processors report the use of vitamin E acetate in their products. Therefore, the board has no reason to believe that the product containing the compound will be sold in stores, but will be banned from use for 120 days from Wednesday.
It is not known that this compound is a vitamin-derived oil, which is attributed to it. But in the first breakthrough in the disease survey, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found the compound in samples taken from the lungs of 29 patients in 10 states. The most commonly used products include THC, a psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. As the CDC continues to investigate, it warns people not to use vaping products that contain THC, especially if they are not purchased at the store. This finding is not certain and may be caused by a variety of reasons. However, state officials, including Ohio and Colorado, also banned the use of vaping products containing some form of vitamin E acetate.