Breaking News: A six vaping-related death has been reported, and at least 480 confirmed or suspected cases of vaping related illness have been reported nationwide!
Potential Side-Effects of Vaping
- Irreversible Lung Disease
Vaping – A National Health Epidemic:
- A sixth person in the United States has died from lung disease related to Vaping, according to Kansas health officials.
- The White House said Wednesday it is planning to ban all e-cigarette flavors following a recent nationwide outbreak of severe lung illnesses linked to Vaping and five reported deaths.
- Federal regulators are seeking to ban all nontobacco e-cigarette flavors following a recent nationwide outbreak of severe lung illnesses linked to Vaping.
- There have been more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with using e-cigarettes reported to the CDC.
- The plan comes two days after the FDA targeted electronic cigarette maker Juul for allegedly marketing its products as safer than tobacco without the agency’s approval.
- The FDA ordered Juul to respond within 15 working days with corrective actions and its plan to comply with federal law. The letter noted that failure to comply could result in fines, seizures or injunction.
Vaping Toxic Chemicals: Vitamin E acetate & Diacetyl
- New York health officials said last week that extremely high levels of the chemical vitamin E acetate were found in nearly all cannabis-containing Vaping products that were analyzed as part of the investigation.
- Vitamin E acetate is now “a key focus” of the state’s investigation into the illnesses, the New York Department of Health said.
- Products that have been found to contain vitamin E acetate are candy-flavored Vapes, such as those found in e-cigarettes.
- Another toxic chemical found in Vaping products, which is known to cause irreversible lung damage, is Diacetyl (also called 2,3-butanedione).
- A 2015 study of flavored e-cigarettes found that 39 out of 51 tested brands contained Diacetyl.
Vaping – Lung Inflammation, Damage and Death:
- Nicotine-containing Vaping products trigger lung inflammation and lung tissue damage.
Diacetyl & Popcorn Lung (obliterative bronchiolitis)
- According to the American Lung Association, using electronic cigarettes or Vaping, particularly the flavored varieties, can cause popcorn lung.
- Dangers associated with Diacetyl were discovered in the early 2000s, and the majority of producers stopped using the chemical. However, e-cigarette vapor has been proven to contain Diacetyl.
- Currently there is no cure for popcorn lung, and it is considered life-threatening.
- A 2015 study of flavored e-cigarettes found that 39 out of 51 tested brands contained Diacetyl. The same study concluded that most of these brands also contained the toxic chemicals acetoin and 2,3 pentanedione.
- Manufacturers add Diacetyl to the “e-juice” that is vaporized by e-cigarettes.
- The American Lung Association has warned that Vaping these harmful chemicals contained in e-cigarettes can also cause – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP).
Time to Stop Vaping
- “It is time to stop Vaping,” Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the state health officer, said in the statement Tuesday announcing the country’s sixth death.
- “If you or a loved one is Vaping, please stop. The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify. I’m extremely alarmed for the health and safety of Kansans who are using Vaping products and urge them to stop until we can determine the cause of Vaping related lung injuries and death,” Norman said.
- Tuesday, the American Lung Association warned that “e-cigarettes are not safe” and can cause irreversible lung damage and disease.
If you or a loved one are suffering from suspected vaping related symptoms call Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. to find out your rights!