FDA to Investigate Reports of E-Cigarette Seizure Link
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced investigate reports of people suffering seizures after using e-cigarettes.
FDA Received 35 Reports of Seizures from E-Cigarette Users
According to NBC News, the FDA has received 35 reports of seizures among teenagers using e-cigarettes; however, it is not clear whether vaping was solely responsible for the episodes. Regulators did note that some of the seizures were among teens who were vaping for the first time.
Nicotine poisoning has been known to cause seizures, convulsions, vomiting, and brain injury. Most vaping products contain varying levels of nicotine, with some, such as Juul, being designed to deliver nicotine quite quickly. The FDA has previously warned of potentially fatal nicotine poisoning in infants and children who swallowed liquids used in vaping devices.
Last year, the FDA mandated strict limits on the sales of flavored e-cigarette products, only allowing the products to be sold at tobacco and vape shops.
The FDA is urging consumers to report any instance of seizures or health consequences associated with e-cigarette uses.
How Are E-Cigarettes Regulated?
The regulatory situation related to e-cigarettes varies by jurisdiction and is rapidly changing. On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule that brought e-cigarettes under the FDA’s tobacco product authority. With this, the FDA now regulates the manufacture, import, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of e-cigarettes.
The FDA has extended the compliance deadline until August 10, 2017.
The WHO has proposed that member states adopt stringent controls on e-cigarettes. The proposal is limited to the potential health effects of e-cigarettes, and does not include language addressing the electronic devices themselves.
American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation reports that 12 states and 615 local jurisdictions have laws restricting e-cigarette use in smoke-free venues; 15 states and 503 local jurisdictions have laws that restrict e-cigarette use in other venues.
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