FDA Investigating Possible Link Between Vaping, Seizures

Henrietta Strickland
August 9, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration says it has received 127 reports of seizures or other neurological symptoms, like fainting or tremors, that are possibly related to e-cigarettes.

"We still don't have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents", Sharpless added.

The agency revealed that all of the cases occurred between 2010 and 2019, and have been reported by both first-time and experienced e-cigarette users.

The FDA said the evidence it has analyzed so far doesn't establish a clear pattern or cause for the cases.

Other information sought by the FDA includes: any use or exposure to other tobacco products, medications, supplements, substances of abuse, or toxins around the same time; any other symptoms or warning before the seizure, such as nausea, vomiting, change in the user's behavior, alertness, vision, or hearing; and past history of e-cigarette use. The seizures may not have been exclusively to blame, as some of the seizures occurred in those who were vaping for the first time and others were using other drugs at the time or may have had an underlying medical condition. The public and health officials are still encouraged to report any suspected cases to the FDA using its Safety Portal. It also said the additional reports "do not necessarily indicate an increase in frequency or prevalence" of seizures among people who vape.

"We appreciate the public response to our initial call for reports, and we strongly encourage the public to submit new or follow-up reports with as much detail as possible", Sharpless said. Cases can be reported to the FDA online, the agency said, and submissions are most helpful when they specify the product involved and any underlying medical conditions.

"We're committed to monitoring this issue closely and taking additional steps as necessary to protect the public, especially our nation's youth, from the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products", he added.

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