US regulators probe link between vaping and seizures: At least 127 Americans have reported being hospitalized by their e-cigs, FDA says
- Since April, the FDA has received 92 reports of seizures after vaping
- That adds to the 35 they already had, and they are calling for more reports
- The agency is rushing to better understand whether there is a link between e-cigarettes and seizures as vaping becomes more popular
US regulators have issued a fresh call for reports from people who have suffered seizures after vaping.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started analyzing the connection in April, and has since received 92 new reports from Americans, most of whom are in their teens, who were hospitalized by their e-cigarettes in the last 10 years – adding to 35 reports they already had.
Today, the agency is releasing details of those reports, and renewed its call for people to come forward.
It comes a day after DailyMail.com exclusively reported the case of an 18-year-old freshman who, despite no underlying conditions and smoking one Juul pod every two days, suffered a collapsed lung.
The boy, Chance Ammirata, of Florida, was the latest in a string of alarming cases, including eight Wisconsin teens hospitalized with lung failure, a 26-year-old of Wisconsin placed in a medically-induced coma after vaping weed, and five teens admitted to intensive care in Wisconsin.
E-cigarettes have exploded onto the US market in the last could of years, drawing ire from doctors and health officials
‘We appreciate the public response to our initial call for reports, and we strongly encourage the public to submit new or follow-up reports with as much detail as possible,’ acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.
‘Additional reports or more detailed information about these incidents are vital to help inform our analysis and may help us identify common risk factors and determine whether any specific e-cigarette product attributes, such as nicotine content or formulation, may be more likely to contribute to seizures,’ he added.
It is not clear why the patients suffered such severe reactions.
E-cigarettes have exploded onto the US market in the last could of years, drawing ire from doctors and health officials.
But concerns have largely been over vapes that contain addictive and damaging nicotine, presented without evidence as ‘healthier’ than tobacco products.
Indeed, late last month, Congress held a two-day hearing to interrogate market leader Juul, which has poured thousands of dollars into marketing to teens.
While e-cigarette injuries are not unheard of – both from devices exploding in pockets, and reactions to the vapor – they have, until recently, been seen as isolated incidents.
The spate of hospitalizations in Wisconsin, however, has triggered concern.
And it points to a growing problem: in the first six months of this year alone, Poison Control received 2,091 reports of poisoning from vapes – inching close to the 2,470 total reported in the 12 months of 2017.