Officials with Health Canada have been monitoring the situation and advise that the substance is prohibited in Canadian vapor products.

Vitamin E oil is frequently used in black market e-liquid as a thickening agent; this practice is hazardous because, at temperatures sufficient to atomize e-liquid, Vitamin E oil forms acetate. This acetate accumulates in the lungs, damaging lung tissues and impairing pulmonary function.

While U.S. authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that other toxins have not yet been ruled out, all biological samples taken so far have tested positive for the presence of Vitamin E acetate. Health Canada has preemptively prohibited the use of the substance in all vapor products on the market.

A Health Canada spokesperson has indicated that the agency is continuing to monitor the situation in the U.s. in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, according to

With the most likely culprit compound behind the outbreak of sicknesses identified months ago, and now all but definitively confirmed, public backlash against the CDC has been intense and mounting. A major point of public anger from the vaping community has been the CDC’s overly broad references to “vaping” as the cause of the sicknesses, which many see as falsely implicating legitimate products, lumping them in with black market products which are actually to blame.

Health Canada’s more responsible, more carefully targeted approach stands a far higher chance of effectively protecting consumer safety; after all, consumers are far likelier to heed the advice of an agency whose word can be trusted.


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