fda investigating vaping seizures

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Handheld vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, have gained enormous traction in recent years — but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States’ consumer health watchdog, is now raising the alarm that the devices could be associated with dangerous seizures.

“We have reports indicating that some people who use e-cigarettes, especially youth and young adults, are experiencing seizures following their use,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

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The FDA says in the statement that it’s identified 35 incidents since 2010 in which people, mostly young adults and youths, experienced seizures after using e-cigarettes — a small number, according to the agency, but enough to merit exploring a possible connection.

Gottlieb has taken a strong stance against the nascent vaping industry during his time at the FDA, including a crackdown on the popular brand JUUL that led the e-cigarette company to stop selling flavored pods in retail stores.

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