Early Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that they would investigate the new reports of seizures after consuming too much nicotine from using e-cigarettes.
Regarding the alleged reports, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement, “We have reports indicating that some people who use e-cigarettes, especially youth, and young adults, are experiencing seizures following their use.”
The FDA has received Thirty-five reports since 2010, that links seizures among teenagers to the use of e-cigarettes. Although it is still not clear on if vaping is the sole suspect, some cases have reported seizures occurred in those who were voting for the first time. However, most of the reports were people using other drugs at the same time or suffer from an underlying or dormant medical condition.
“We can’t yet say for certain that e-cigarettes are causing these seizures,” the FDA announced. “We’re sharing this early information with the public because as a public health agency, it’s our job to communicate about potential safety concerns associated with the products we regulate that are under scientific investigation by the agency.”
It is known that vaping products contain multiple levels of nicotine, with even some e-cigarettes such as Juul designed to deliver nicotine at rapid speed. This has to lead to teens, becoming more addicted and consuming more of the drug then realized.
According to medical experts, nicotine poisoning can lead to seizures, convulsions, vomiting and brain injury. The FDA has received reports in the past of potentially fatal nicotine poisoning in infants and children who have accidentally swallowed a liquid containing nicotine.
Just last year, the agency issued an order to tighten the limit of sales of flavored e-cigarette products to only tobacco and other vape shops. This was aimed to keep them out of the hang of children and teenage- so they thought. JUUL products have yet to become unpopular within the society of adolescent norm, mainly due to its dosage of nicotine being higher than tradition cigarettes, leading unpredictable side effects.
Since the recent report Wednesday, the FDA is urging users of nicotine to report any cases of seizures or unexpected health problems associated with e-cigs and other high vape products. Consumers can report any situations to its Safety Reporting Portal.
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