Vape Lung: What We Know

Vape Lung: What We Know


More than 450 people have come down with mysterious lung illnesses, and five have reportedly died after vaping.

Vape Lung is what the CDC is terming it. The cause is still a mystery to health officials, as they continue to investigate, but we have attempted to summarize what we know so far.

Why are people vaping and then getting ill? 

Those that became sick handed over their vaping cartridges to be analyzed. Investigators found very high levels of Vitamin E in the products that also contain THC or cannabis. 

This lead NYC Health Officials to believe that the link may be to Vitamin E. Specific only to Vaping Cannabis, as they did not find any Vitamin E in nicotine e-cigarettes analyzed. When Vitamin E is inhaled deep into the lungs, especially in high concentrations it can be harmful. 

In NYC Vitamin E is not an approved additive for medical marijuana or authorized vape products. And so vapes bought from approved dispensaries and licensed authorized cannabis sellers will not contain Vitamin E. The Health Commissioner assumes these came from black market cartridges purchased off the streets.


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What are the symptoms?

  • Cough, being short of breath, or chest pain.
  • Having some GI or gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea and vomiting, fatigue or fever.
  • They all had abnormal chest x-rays and developed a need for a lot of oxygen.

Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks.

What is the CDC saying?

“Please know that CDC, FDA, state, and clinical partners are working hard to understand why people are getting sick. We will continue to share what we know and what we don’t know to help health departments, clinicians, and the public respond to this outbreak.

People who do use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms and promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns. Regardless of the ongoing investigation, people who use e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.

If you are concerned about your health or the health of a loved one who is using an e-cigarette product, contact your healthcare provider, or your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.”

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