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Can vaping cause seizures?

Despite research linking e-cigarettes to numerous health problems, many still believe vaping is a safe alternative to smoking. E-cigarettes, after all, are marketed that way — specifically to teens and young adults, many of whom are now addicted to nicotine at a young age.

In addition to the high levels of nicotine e-cigarettes contain, they’re also loaded with heavy metals, formaldehyde, highly reactive free radicals and other toxic chemicals associated with cancer, heart disease and stroke. To those who are informed about the true dangers of vaping, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now investigating cases of people suffering from seizures post-vaping — 127 different cases, to be exact.

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The FDA first announced the investigation in April and asked people to contact the agency if they had ever had the experience. Since then, they received 92 new reports of people — specifically kids and young adults — experiencing seizures after using e-cigarettes.

FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless said, “We appreciate the public response to our initial call for reports, and we strongly encourage the public to submit new or follow-up reports with as much detail as possible.” He added that detailed information would help the agency identify common risk factors and make the determination of whether any specific attribute or ingredient in e-cigarettes may be a factor contributing to seizures.

According to the National Capital Poison Center, the high concentrations of nicotine in e-cigarette liquids can cause nausea, sweating, dizziness and tremors if swallowed. Nicotine poisoning is also known to cause seizures and even death in severe cases.

The FDA said it has yet to establish a clear pattern, cause or link between vaping and seizures, but admits the reports are “concerning.”

Despite safety claims, e-cigarettes are anything but. Recent data demonstrate vaporized e-cigarette liquid increases inflammation in the lungs, damages lung cells responsible for protecting lung tissue and increases your risk of COPD. Vaping may also lead to smoking traditional cigarettes, addictive behavior in teens, heart attack and stroke, plus increase bystander blood nicotine more than traditional cigarettes — not to mention the countless carcinogenic chemicals that are being inhaled with each and every puff.