Questions swirl this week as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers of a potential link between e-cigarettes and seizures.The agency said in a press release that it has identified 35 cases between 2010 and 2019 in which e-cigarette users, especially young people, experienced convulsions or seizures after using the devices.
The FDA is concerned that not all cases of these health events have been reported and that the issue needs further investigation.“We want to be clear that we don’t yet know if there’s a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and a risk of seizure. We can’t yet say for certain that e-cigarettes are causing these seizures,” said outgoing FDA CommissionerDr. Scott Gottlieb.
The news comes after recent research has found that e-cigarettes are connected to a host of health risks, including being harmful to lung cells and containing chemicals known to be toxic.In the notice, Gottlieb said the FDA is releasing this information to the public early in hopes that it will better alert the public and medical community and encourage them to report adverse health outcomes from vaping.