Potential for release of pulmonary toxic ketene from vaping pyrolysis of vitamin E acetate.
A combined analytical, theoretical, and experimental study has shown that the vaping of vitamin E acetate has the potential to produce exceptionally toxic ketene gas, which may be a contributing factor to the upsurge in pulmonary injuries associated with using e-cigarette/vaping products. Additionally, the pyrolysis of vitamin E acetate also produces carcinogen alkenes and benzene for which the negative long-term medical effects are well recognized. As temperatures reached in vaping devices can be equivalent to a laboratory pyrolysis apparatus, the potential for unexpected chemistries to take place on individual components within a vape mixture is high. Educational programs to inform of the danger are now required, as public perception has grown that vaping is not harmful.
Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre
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Published CitationWu D, O'Shea D. Potential for release of pulmonary toxic ketene from vaping pyrolysis of vitamin E acetate. PNAS. 2020; 117(12): 6349:6355
Publication Date24 March 2020
PublisherNational Academy of Sciences
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