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Electronic cigarettes do NOT cause epileptic seizures, at most the responsibility is due to nicotine

“The FDA became aware of the fact that some people who use electronic cigarettes have suffered seizures, with most reports involving young people or adult users. Convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and are reported in the scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of an ecig liquid However, a recent increase in voluntary reports of adverse experiences with tobacco products mentioning such symptoms occurring with the use of electronic cigarettes signal a potential Emerging Security Issue The FDA continues to monitor all negative experiences reported to the agency regarding theuse of such devices and encourages the public to report cases of people who use electronic cigarettes and have had an attack via the online security warning portal. “

For a moment let us ignore the fact that the FDA itself limits the field of “alert” only to electronic cigarettes that use liquids with nicotine and we leave out for another moment the fact that it is not the electronic cigarette itself that carries these “seizures” but as FDA explains, it is the misuse of nicotine ( see explanation of nicotine and its effects ); then we can deduce by syllogism that the term “electronic cigarette” is used in a totally wrong way.

“The FDA is looking for more information on the cases after using the electronic cigarette to identify common risk factors and to understand if certain attributes of the product such as nicotine content or formulation can contribute to the attacks. After reviewing the reports of the centers of poison control between 2010 and the beginning of 2019, the FDA has established that, between the poison control centers and the FDA, there were in total 35 cases that mentioned the use of electronic cigarettes within that period of time. ”

In spite of the international studies that talk about health improvements thanks to electronic cigarettes but above all we increasingly relate to a misuse of the term “electronic cigarette” which should be, as they say more and more doctors and professionals of harm reduction – not last Konstantinos Farsalinos, “personal vaporizer”. Can we therefore create alarmism based on reports?

“We want to be clear that we do not yet know if there is a direct relationship between the use of electronic cigarettes and the risk of seizure,” the commissioner said in a joint statement with deputy commissioner Amy Abernathy. “We cannot yet say with any certainty that electronic cigarettes are causing these attacks.”

Several possible factors are therefore attributable to this phenomenon, from the concentration of variable nicotine in liquids, the design of the devices that can allow a greater emission of liquid more quickly, the behavior of the users that can increase the inhalation of nicotine compared to a normal cigarette. Some reports would then be attributable to pre-existing pathological conditions, or to the intake of other substances such as cannabis or alterations to the actual use of the electronic cigarette.

Moreover, to conclude, it is enough to just see what the FDA itself says in the release, where, the same US government agency, explains that the information currently put in place is limited, there is still no security between a direct relationship between the use of electronic cigarette and this risk reiterating the fact that it is possible that the electronic cigarette itself is not the problem but, as explained above, the nicotine.

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