'Strong culprit of concern' in vaping mystery after 39 deaths: Officials

Federal officials said for the first time that they'd found a common suspect in the damaged lungs of patients, vitamin E acetate, which is sometimes used to dilute THC oil.
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And what could be a major breakthrough, the CDC identifying vitamin "E" acetate a common thread in the vaping illnesses. Here's will reeve. Reporter: Tonight, after 39 deaths, a possible breakthrough in solving the vaping mystery. Federal officials announcing today that for the first time they've found a common suspect in the damaged lungs of patients. Vitamin "E" acetate. It's sometimes used to dilute thc oil, the active ingredient in marijuana that produces a high. When inhaled, it can affect how the lungs work. One scientist says it's like honey. The CDC calling it a "Very strong culprit of concern," saying it found the stuff in all 29 lung samples tested. More than 2,000 people have gotten sick in the outbreak, including 15-year-old zanetin. It's very bad. Don't vape unless you want to end up in the hospital. Reporter: This, as the white house considers banning certain flavors popular with teens, and raising the age to buy vaping products to 21. On Thursday, Juul labs, the nation's largest e-cig company, announced it would stop selling mint flavored pods. David, the CDC says more testing is needed and it's too soon to say whether vitamin "E" acetate is causing the illnesses, but it's clear this is an important clue in solving this mystery. David? Will, thank you. And still ahead on "World

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