At the beginning of April, many news organizations, including Soupwire, covered an alarming announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a potential link between vaping and seizures.
Specifically, of the 10.8 million adults who currently use e-cigarettes, the FDA had received reports of 35 cases of seizures between 2010 and 2019, or approximately 4 per year of consumers who had experienced seizures either during or up to 24 hours after vaping. According to the FDA, some of those experiencing the seizures had a prior history of seizures, some were experienced and others were novice e-cigarette users, and some had used other drugs prior to the seizures, such as marijuana or amphetamines.
Because the reports had been sent to the FDA voluntarily, primarily through poison control centers, the FDA did not have enough data to determine whether or not there was an actual link between vaping and seizures, and did not have enough data to pinpoint whether a specific brand, sub-brand or e-cigarette or pod was involved.
The FDA’s initial statement regarding the potential link between vaping and seizures said, “We want to be clear that we don’t yet know if there’s a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and a risk of seizure. We can’t yet say for certain that e-cigarettes are causing these seizures. We’re sharing this early information with the public because as a public health agency, it’s our job to communicate about potential safety concerns associated with the products we regulate that are under scientific investigation by the agency.”
However, just a few days later at the TMA’s annual conference in Falls Church, VA, a suburb of Washington DC, acting FDA Commissioner Mitch Zeller informed conference attendees during his keynote address that while the FDA was continuing to monitor any potential connections between e-cigarettes and seizures, he acknowledged that there was “no causality” between e-cigarette use and the risk of seizure.
So there you have it.