Lofy said federal health officials had been confident that vitamin E acetate was the primary compound of concern and “that association still stands” following several control tests. Lofy reported federal officials were now conducting VALI tests on animals.
Of 2,561 cases nationwide at the end of December 2019, 13% had reported vaping using products without tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). By contrast, Lofy confirmed that in Washington state, nearly 43% of cases were said to be from non-THC vape items.
Lofy noted that Tobacco 21 legislation became law at the state and federal levels (audio – 1m) while vape regulation was DOH’s 2nd legislative priority for 2020 (audio – 2m). Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed supplementalbudget included one million dollars for reducing tobacco and vape use and “some money” dedicated to regulation (audio – 2m).