The issues of vape seizures

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The issues of vape seizures

Elena Soriano

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Vaping is popular among teenagers and young adults, and vaping is seen everywhere at any time.

Since vaping started a few years ago, there aren’t many studies showing what effects it has on the body, but the FDA recently reported in a press release that there has been some cases of people having seizures after vaping.

E-cigarettes were initially made for cigarette smokers to stop smoking and go for a “…less harmful form of nicotine,” but “…even for adults, e-cigarettes are not risk free.”

In addition, the FDA also said e-cigarettes, “include the possible release of some chemicals at higher levels than conventional cigarettes. We’ve also seen data that indicate there may be other potential health concerns.”

Ali Rehman has been vaping for about a year, started because of his friends, and said he uses it “probably more than 100 times a day.”

Rehman also said, “it is addictive, it’s nicotine.”

The FDA is collecting more data and looking at the research they have to know what other harm it may cause. 

The FDA also said they are, “looking at the potential for direct effects of harm from e-cigarettes on the lungs as well as other health factors that these products could negatively impact.”

In addition, they “have concerns about the direct effects of e-cigarettes on the airways…” including the “..potential for the use of such products to cause changes to airways that could be a precursor to cancer,” and have animal toxicology studies being carried out to help identify the risks.

The FDA has reports on people from teens to adulthood having seizures. Seizures are, “known potential side effects of nicotine poisoning and have been reported in scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of nicotine-containing e-liquids.”

When asked if Rehman was aware of seizures happening after vaping, he said, he didn’t know about it, but he was aware that there was a “higher risk of depression and anxiety” and that it had an affect on “the reproductive system, similar to nicotine effects.”

The FDA also said that they are not sure that there is a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and a risk of seizures, but wanted people to be aware, and by doing so, can “encourage the public to voluntarily report additional adverse events that can better inform our work.”

Seizures have been reported by first-time and experienced users and occured after a few puffs and up to a day later.

The FDA asks for people to report, “any unexpected health or product issues experienced with e-cigarettes or any tobacco product be reported to the FDA through our Safety Reporting Portal.”

Including any, “information about the specific product used (including brand name), whether it was modified in any way or if other tobacco products, medications, supplements or other substances were used, as well as details about product use preceding the adverse event, are critical pieces of information to help fully assess this issue more broadly.”