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Vaping Linked To 127 Cases Of Seizures, Neurological Problems In US

Many studies are ongoing across the medical community to identify the effects of vaping. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently joined the effort by investigating 127 reports of seizures and neurological problems potentially caused by e-cigarettes.

FDA collected data between 2010 and 2019. Officials said the public can still report new cases linked to vaping to help in the investigation. 

Aside from seizures, the agency said there were also reports on fainting and tremors. But the FDA noted it has yet to confirm vaping’s direct contribution to seizures and other reported health conditions. 

"The FDA is continuing its scientific investigation to determine if there's a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and a risk of seizure or other neurological symptoms," Dr. Ned Sharpless, acting FDA commissioner, said in a statement. "We still don't have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents."

Sharpless expects the investigation to help determine the vaping’s risk factors and the potential impacts of its content, particularly nicotine and e-liquid. 

Vaping Effects And Seizures

The FDA recorded 35 cases of seizures related to vaping in April. Majority of the patients were teens, which the agency believed were affected by nicotine toxicity. 

There were 92 other cases included in the ongoing investigation. Officials said there is no clear pattern to connect all reports, CNN reported Wednesday

The reported cases affected both first-time and experienced e-cigarette users. The FDA noted there are other factors to consider that may remove vaping from the causes of the seizures.

Some of the patients were using other drugs such as marijuana prior to the incidents, while other e-cigarette users were diagnosed with seizure.

"Additional reports or more detailed information about these incidents are vital to help inform our analysis," Sharpless said. "We're committed to monitoring this issue closely and taking additional steps as necessary to protect the public, especially our nation's youth, from the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products."

The FDA commissioner is encouraging parents, consumers, youth, teachers and healthcare professionals to report incidents involving e-cigarettes. The public can report health conditions potentially triggered by vaping through agency’s website. 

e-cigarette The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are more than three million people currently using e-cigarettes in the U.S. Pixabay