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Vaping Lung Disease

The outbreak of vaping lung disease in the fall of 2020 has been traced to vitamin E acetate, which was used as a thickening agent in black market THC cartridges. The media did a poor job of differentiating nicotine ecigarettes from the responsible cannibas products. But the CDC sponsored New England Journal of Medicine study found no traces of vitamin E in any of the nicotine eliquids tested and explained why this would be the case: 

“Pure THC oil has a viscosity like that of vitamin E acetate. Cutting THC oil with vitamin E acetate has been reported to be common in the illicit market.9-11 The FDA reports that most case-associated THC product fluids contain vitamin E acetate, at an average concentration of 50% by weight, ranging from 23 to 88%.8 By contrast, the FDA detected no vitamin E acetate in 197 case-associated nicotine products analyzed to date. The viscosity of vitamin E acetate makes it undesirable as an additive to nicotine solutions; the propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin in nicotine solutions create a fluid with a much lower viscosity than that of vitamin E acetate.

Centers for Disease Control, " Vitamin E Acetate in Bronchoalveolar-Lavage Fluid Associated with EVALI", 12/20/2019
  1. Vape Ban Laws By State

    Vape Ban Laws By State

    Vapor4Life has provided a complete guide to state, federal and local vaping restrictions. 

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  2. Flavored Vape Pods Banned

    Flavored Vape Pods Banned

    Trump Flavor Ban Targets Vape Pods

    The FDA has finalized a new enforcement policy on cartridge based e-cigarettes. Flavors, including fruit and mint, can no longer be used in closed e-cigarette systems.

    This means that adults using prefilled vape pods will have to vape either menthol or tobacco flavors, rather than the sweeter ejuices that they overwhelming prefer. Open e-cigarette devices using bottled ejuices are not impacted. Vape shops are largely spared and rural vapers reliant on convenience store bought pod systems are punished.

    Because of the relatively low numbers of youth using both menthol- and tobacco-flavored,

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  3. CDC Confirms Vitamin E Responsible For Vaping Lung Illness

    CDC Confirms Vitamin E Responsible For Vaping Lung Illness

    The cause of vaping lung disease was identified back in August but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) apparently needed an additional four months confirm this fact. The CDC has now identified vitamin E acetate as the culprit. Just as importantly, the CDC did not find vitamin E in any of the 197 nicotine vaping products that they tested.

    The CDC also noted that lung injuries associated with the use of vitamin E in black market THC cartridges are on the decline.

    In 51 samples of bronchoalveolar-lavage (BAL) fluids from patients suffering from vaping related lung disease, 48 tested positive for vitamin E acetate. Another 47 of the patients tested positive for THC.

    This “breaking” vitamin E n

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  4. Why Kids Vape

    Why Kids Vape

    Let us consider the inexorable march of Father Time. Minors do not feel a nostalgic warmth when recalling the cloying flavors of Reagan-era sugar coated breakfast cereals. A low volume Scooby Doo themed vape juice, which was no doubt inspired by the imaginary drug references supposedly embedded in this 1970s Hanna Barbara cartoon, have had no impact on the teen vaping epidemic. Colorful descriptions of your favorite childhood candy will not resonate with someone born in 2003.

    CDC National Youth Tobacco Survey

    The CDC sat on the results of the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey while the independent vaping industry faced extinction. The results of this survey debunked the popular and

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  5. Trump Backing Off Flavor Ban?

    Trump Backing Off Flavor Ban?

    Vaping Under Siege

    It has been a brutal summer and fall for the vaping industry. Concerns about the teen vaping epidemic have buffeted the industry for a couple years but the careless reporting of a vaping related lung illness served as the catalyst for strict flavor bans in a number of states.

    For an updated guide to state flavor bans, visit the Vape Ban Laws By State resource page.   

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  6. Juul Mint is Gone

    Juul Mint is Gone

    2/8/2020: The FDA has banned all flavored vape pods other than tobacco and menthol. Mint Juul would not have made the cut, even if they had not chosen to pull it.

    If you live in a state that still permits flavored vapes, your best bet is a disposable vape or refillable vape pod kit. Check out our guide to the best Juul Mint alternatives for some great options.

    As reported by Market Watch, Juul Mint, the most popular flavor with minors, is being pulled from the market. This follows

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  7. Best Juul Fruit Medley Alternatives

    Best Juul Fruit Medley Alternatives

    There is a lot of breaking news and the future of flavored ejuice hangs in the balance. Juul Compatible pods are no longer available on the US market.


    The Federal Flavor ban has eliminated all of Juul Fruit Medley's old prefilled vape pod competition as well.



    These political machinations are part and parcel of the Juul Fruit

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  8. Court Lifts Michigan Vape Flavor Ban

    Court Lifts Michigan Vape Flavor Ban

    As reported by the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan ban on flavored nicotine vape juices has been at least temporarily lifted.

    The Michigan flavor ban was announced on September 4, 2019 and implemented on October 4, 2019. It barred the sale of all nicotine ejuices with characterizing flavors.

    Characterizing Flavor: A distinguishable taste or aroma, other than the taste or aroma of Tobacco, imparted by Tobacco, either prior to or during use of the Tobacco Product or any byproduct produced by the Tobacco Product, including, but not

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  9. State Vape Ban Infographics

    State Vape Ban Infographics
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  10. New York Flavor Ban Blocked In Court

    New York Flavor Ban Blocked In Court

    New York Flavor Ban

    Starting July 1, 2020 we will be unable to ship any vaping products to the state of New York

    New York City Vape Ban and Restrictions

    Beginning on July 1st, 2020 we will be unable to ship any vape products to the state of New York or New York City.

    The New York executive order vape ban has since been superseded by legislative restrictions.

    As reported by The New York Post, the poorly conceived

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