A federal agency is investigating reports that some people, especially youths and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using electronic cigarettes.
After reports of seizures after vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a potential new risk and calling for people to come forward with cases the agency might not know about.
The agency announced Wednesday that it has received 35 reports of people suffering seizures after vaping between 2010 and 2019.
"For example, seizures have been reported among first-time e-cigarette users and experienced users", he said. The new FDA warning "will result in the medical community now adding e-cigarettes and what was in them, and how much was used, to that list of things we will specifically ask about when assessing someone who has had a seizure", he said.
Seizures are a known potential side effect of nicotine toxicity; they have previously been noted in some cases of nicotine liquid consumption. "Due to the voluntary nature of these case reports, there may be more instances of seizure in e-cigarette users than have been reported". The timing of the seizures also ranged from after a few puffs on an e-cigarette to a full day later.
A study in February looked at the rise of nicotine concentrations in vaping products over recent years, suggesting that leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a "widespread rush" of companies seeking to boost their own concentrations in order to mirror Juul's success. Issues around lung health have already been raised about the chemicals in the vapour that are inhaled while using e-cigarettes, Gottlieb noted.
"Additional reports or information about these incidents may help us determine if there's a connection and help identify common risk factors and if any e-cigarette product attributes, such as nicotine content or formulation, may contribute to seizures". "These risks are among the many reasons why we so strongly believe that no child should be using any tobacco product". The FDA said there also wasn't enough data in numerous reports to identify the brand or sub-brand of e-cigarette that a person had used.