Vitamin E acetate is not present in licit e-cigarette products available on the UK market

Addiction. 2020 Apr;115(4):782-783. doi: 10.1111/add.14920. Epub 2020 Jan 16.


Aims: To determine whether nicotine-containing vaping products submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 contain tetrahydrocannabinol or vitamin E acetate.

Methods: Analysis of data on ingredients for all products submitted for notification for the UK market by October 2017 to assess whether any were reported to contain vitamin E acetate or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The analysis was not pre-registered and the results should therefore be considered exploratory.

Results: Vitamin E acetate and THC were not listed as an ingredient or emission in any of the 41 809 products that were submitted for notification.

Conclusions: In the United Kingdom, vapers and those considering switching from tobacco to vaping can be reassured that licit products available on the UK market do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol or vitamin E acetate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dronabinol*
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems / standards*
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • United Kingdom
  • alpha-Tocopherol*


  • Dronabinol
  • alpha-Tocopherol