Journal article

Does 'Dry Hit' vaping of vitamin E acetate contribute to EVALI? Simulating toxic ketene formation during e-cigarette use.

Milad Narimani, Gabriel da Silva

PLoS One | Public Library of Science (PLoS) | Published : 2020

Abstract

Vitamin E acetate (VEA) is strongly linked to the outbreak of electronic-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). It has been proposed that VEA decomposition to ketene-a respiratory poison that damages lungs at low ppm levels-may play a role in EVALI. However, there is no information available on the temperature at which VEA decomposes and how this correlates with the vaping process. We have studied the temperature-dependent kinetics of VEA decomposition using quantum chemical and statistical mechanical modelling techniques, developing a chemical kinetic model of the vaping process. This model predicts that, under typical vaping conditions, the use of VEA contaminated ..

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