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FDA Warns of Potential Seizure Risk in Some Users of E-cigarettes

FDA Warns of Potential Seizure Risk in Some Users of E-cigarettes

The FDA said the handful of seizure reports often lack information about the brand of e-cigarette or whether users had a medical condition that might have contributed. The agency is seeking details about vaping brands and models and whether users who have experienced problems were also taking medications, supplements or other drugs.

Seizures usually last a few seconds or minutes and rarely cause permanent injury. "This also helps encourage the public to voluntarily report additional adverse events that can better inform our work". "We can't yet say for certain that e-cigarettes are causing these seizures", Gottlieb and Abernethy said.

Those who use e-cigarettes and experience a seizure are asked to submit a report online via the FDA's Safety Reporting Portal.

The Food and Drug Administration announced today it is looking into 35 reported cases that occurred between 2010 and 2019.

Some of the 35 incidents were reported to poison control centers and others directly to the FDA. By combining nicotine - a bitter base in its natural form - with an organic acid, vape manufacturers can mask nicotine's naturally unpleasant taste, create higher-concentration products and deliver nicotine to the brain quickly, experts say. "We know that initiation to, and addiction to nicotine by never-smokers - predominantly youth and young adults - raises public health concerns". Issues around lung health have already been raised about the chemicals in the vapour that are inhaled while using e-cigarettes, Gottlieb noted.

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Juul has maintained that its products are meant to convert adult former smokers to what the company describes as a less-harmful alternative. Seizures have been reported to have occurred after a few puffs or up to one day after use.

Vaping devices confiscated from students at a school in MA.

Weatherall said she is expanding presentations on the subject beyond district properties out to community venues in an effort to educate more adults on the potential dangers of the devices.

The FDA has been particularly concerned about an epidemic of youth vaping associated with popular e-cigarettes made by Juul Labs Inc. and recently proposed to restrict sales of flavored products in retail stores.


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