The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is banning the use of vitamin E acetate in the manufacturing of products for vaporization.

This ban comes after recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-nine patients with vaping-related injuries were sampled and all of those individuals had vitamin E acetate in their lung fluid.

This is the first time the CDC has detected a potentially concerning chemical connected to vaping-related lung injuries.

“The Ohio Department of Commerce has issued guidance on the prohibition of vitamin E acetate in Medical Marijuana Control Program products used for vaporization and will work with the licensed testing labs to ensure that these products are tested for the presence of this ingredient,” said Sheryl Maxfield, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce.

This is a proactive safety measure for medical marijuana patients, as no current licensee manufactures vaporization products using this ingredient.

Ingredients included in all medical marijuana products manufactured in Ohio must be nontoxic and safe for human consumption.

Further amendments to protocols may be made, including prohibiting additional ingredients that may be found to be toxic and not safe for human consumption.