E-cigarettes may be banned sooner than you think

Recently a new study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society warned smokers against relying on vaping as a safe method of curbing nicotine addiction. In that particular instance, researchers were intimating adverse effects on fertility, but a string of independent cases of vaping related illness has led to a meeting with the White House Administration and top health officials premised by the potential banning of the product.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Bar commented on the meeting that occurred this morning, writing, “The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools, and communities. We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

The dangers of e-cigarettes

Since the outbreak, six people have died, the latest victim passing away earlier this week and nearly 40 people have been hospitalized. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting,  headache, dizziness, and chest pain. When the first dozen or so patients were administered for treatment, specialists thought they were attenuating particularly bad cases of pneumonia. When antibiotics failed to alleviate these symptoms however,  electronic cigarettes were revealed to be a factor that linked all the patients.

An investigation is underway to canonize the correlation, but experts suspect e-liquids contributed considerably to the prevalence of lung disease. E-liquids, commonly referred to as vape juice, are the chemical liquids that heat up when a user takes a pull. Independent reports published in the past have long since motioned the irreversible lung damage consequenced by toxic inhalation.

Only so much can be determined this early, but even time won’t having anything categorical to say because you can vape with many different kinds of substances and some, of course, are attended by more harmful effects than others. Establishing an association between vaping and lung disease only presents another throng of variables to consider. Irrespective of the irresolution, the White House is not alone in their determination to nip this in the bud sooner rather than later.

Dr. Lee Norman, who is secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had this to say yesterday in an official statement after reports of the sixth vaping related death broke to the public, “It is time to stop vaping. If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop. The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify. I’m extremely alarmed for the health and safety of Kansans who are using vaping products and urge them to stop until we can determine the cause of vaping related lung injuries and death.”

More research needs to be done before the US Food and Drug Administration can comment on the risk associated with specific brands.