Anew report adds to the evidence that vitamin E acetate might play a role in a spate of vaping-related illnesses that have sickened thousands. It could also offer an early clue about why the illnesses appeared seemingly suddenly this year — though experts caution it’s too soon to rule out other potential culprits.

The chemical — used as an additive or thickener in some vaping products — was found in vaping products used by 11 of 12 patients sickened with vaping-related illness in Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Those products also all contained THC, the ingredient which gives marijuana its high and which the majority of patients with vaping-related illness have used.

Earlier this month, the CDC identified vitamin E acetate as a “potential toxin of concern” in the outbreak of serious lung illnesses associated with vaping or e-cigarette use, which

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has sickened 2,290 people. There have been 47 deaths tied to the outbreak, according to the CDC.

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