FDA on E-Cigs: Seizures & Other Health Risks

Jul 01 2019

FDA on E-Cigs: Seizures & Other Health Risks

Vaping and e-cigs continue to provide people with replacement modes of nicotine delivery. As cigarette smoking eases further away from social settings, vaping is entering a sort of “happy medium” between smelly cigs and no emissions policies at pubic events. Vaping has also become a go-to for young people who were raised to recognize the cigarette-horrors of lung cancer and emphysema and were led to believe vaping was somehow a “safe” activity. However, early reports of vaping’s health risks are getting smoked out: the research is in and it ain’t good. The American Lung Association reports several findings from 2018, that were compiled by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

7 Vaping and E-Cig Addiction Alerts:

  1. Youth who use e-cigarettes are at increased risk for cough and wheezing and in asthma-related problems
  2. A study from the University of North Carolina found that the two primary ingredients found in e-cigarettes—propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin—are toxic to cells
  3. E-cigarettes produce aldehydes which cause lung and/or cardiovascular disease
  4. E-cigarettes contain acrolein, a herbicide primarily used to kill weeds. It can cause acute lung injury, asthma, lung cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  5. In 2016, the Surgeon General concluded that secondhand emissions contain, “nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.”
  6. Since June 2018, the FDA observed an increase in reports of seizures with most reports involving youth or young adult users
  7. The Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit.

The FDA is seeking more information: If you or someone you know experiences any unexpected health or safety issues with any tobacco product, please report it through the Safety Reporting Portal (SRP).

If smokers are ready to quit smoking for good, they should call 1-800-QUIT NOW or talk with their doctor about finding the best way to quit using proven methods and FDA-approved treatments and counseling. Quitting any habit can be very difficult, but you are not alone. See below for resources that can help provide support and encouragement in your effort to end nicotine addiction.

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Sources and Info

NAM Report – https://www.nap.edu/resource/24952/012318ecigaretteConclusionsbyEvidence.pdf

Sassano MF, Davis ES, Keating JE, Zorn BT, Kochar TK, Wolfgang MC, et al. (2018) Evaluation of e-liquid toxicity using an open-source high-throughput screening assay. PLoS Biol 16(3): e2003904. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003904

Ogunwale, Mumiye A et al. (2017) Aldehyde Detection in Electronic Cigarette Aerosols. ACS omega 2(3): 1207-1214. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00489].

Bein K, Leikauf GD. (2011) Acrolein – a pulmonary hazard. Mol Nutr Food Res 55(9):1342-60. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201100279.