"While 35 cases may not seem like much compared to the total number of people using e-cigarettes, we are nonetheless concerned by these reported cases", FDA head Scott Gottlieb said in a statement, according to Vox. The agency is seeking details about vaping brands and models and whether users who have experienced problems were also taking medications, supplements or other drugs.
The FDA said numerous reports it had received lacked enough information to identify a specific brand or sub-brand of e-cigarettes.
The agency stressed that it has not determined a definitive link between vaping and seizures, but there may be additional cases that could help it investigate.
Cases go back to 2010 and were reported to the FDA or poison control centers around the country.
The agency said a search of its files revealed 35 reports of seizures, occurring between 2011 and 2019.
There is no clear pattern to the seizures: Some who had seizures were vaping for the first time, and some had been using these products for a while. The seizures, which mostly involved youth or young adult users, had occurred after a few puffs or up to one day after use.
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The agency is raising the issue to encourage the public to report adverse events related to e-cigarettes to the FDA's online portal.
In the past, the FDA has received reports of potentially fatal nicotine poisoning in infants and children who swallowed liquids containing nicotine.
According to a report released Wednesday, the FDA has seen a slight, but noticeable, increase in reports of seizures since June 2018.
They said there is also data to indicate there may be other potential health concerns with the product, especially since some e-cigarettes deliver a higher concentration of nicotine.
In January, the agency held a public hearing to consider the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth. Additionally, many refillable e-cigarettes can be used with nicotine formulas of varying strength.
Vaping devices confiscated from students at a school in MA. In most instances, the victims were teens and young adults. The FDA notes that some e-cigarettes have designs that allow users to obtain high levels of nicotine quickly.