Lungsick by e-cigarettes? U.S. Authorities take action

Lungsick by e-cigarettes? U.S. authorities take action

The centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) reported 94 possible cases from late june to mid-august in 14 states. 30 cases have occurred in the state of wisconsin alone.

There was no conclusive evidence that infectious diseases had triggered the complaints, a CDC statement released saturday said.

Some cases among teens and young adults in all affected states are similar and appear to be linked to the use of e-cigarettes. More information is needed to determine the cause of the illnesses, the agency wrote.

"A connection is quite plausible," katrin schaller of the german cancer research center (DKFZ) in heidelberg told the german press agency on tuesday. Because e-cigarette users inhale aerosols, it is likely that the lungs are most affected. There have already been isolated reports in the literature of specific forms of pneumonia associated with the use of e-cigarettes.

"E-cigarettes are not harmless," tobacco control expert says. But assessing the health hazards of e-cigarettes is extremely difficult, schaller said. In the U.S. Traps, it is not known what people had used. There are major differences between e-cigarettes and thousands of liquids with flavors that are not known to have an effect on the lungs. The flavors are approved as food additives, but toxicological data for inhalation are lacking.

The U.S. Food and drug administration (FDA) had already tested a possible link between the occurrence of seizures and the use of e-cigarettes in the spring. The study involved 35 cases from the years 2010 to 2019.

In late june, san francisco had become the first city in the u.S. To announce it would ban the sale of e-cigarettes. According to this, the city wants to take action against the sale of e-cigarettes that do not have FDA approval.


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