The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has received 127 reports of seizure or other neurological symptoms (such as fainting or tremors, which may or may not be related to seizures) in people who used vaping devices from 2010 to 2019. The update is part of the agency’s continuing scientific investigation to determine if there is a direct relationship between vaping and a risk of seizure or other neurological symptoms.
Last April, the FDA notified the public that it was collecting information to assess whether there are additional consequences to nicotine use, especially from the use of vape devices, some of which deliver high concentrations of nicotine. “We have reports indicating that some people who use e-cigarettes, especially youth and young adults, are experiencing seizures following their use,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement released at the time. “Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine poisoning and have been reported in scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of nicotine-containing e-liquids.”
At the time, the FDA had only received 35 reports of seizures following use of vape devices from 2010 to early 2019, which the agency said wasn’t enough to reach any conclusions about potential seizure risk associated with vaping. The agency called on the public to voluntarily report any adverse events related to vaping.
The FDA said that some of the reported incidents may not be directly related to vaping – the seizures may have been triggered by an underlying medical condition, use of other substances, or other factors.
The agency said it plans to post additional reports of vape-related adverse events through its regular quarterly updates of tobacco on its website. In the interim, the agency said it will continue to seek more information from the public.
Consumers can report any unexpected health or product issues experienced with vaping – or any tobacco product use – through the FDA Safety Reporting Portal.
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett are handling cases involving injuries related to vaping. We are looking at cases involving adolescent addiction and injuries including seizures, strokes, lung problems, and cardiovascular problems related to the use of JUUL vaping devices. If you have these type cases, we would like to work with you.