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Can Vaping Increase Your Risk of Seizures?

Can Vaping Increase Your Risk of Seizures?

You already knew that e-cigs came with risks, but we bet you didn’t expect this.

You know that illegal drugs can lead to massive seizures: In January 2019, federal authorities seized 221 pounds of cocaine in two busts in Port Hueneme, California, which is about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Three months later, about 1.6 tons of cocaine was seized at Port Newark, New Jersey. Good for the health of the country, for sure.

But you may not be aware that e-cigs can deliver toxic doses of nicotine, triggering seizures that are far from good for your health.

The FDA has issued an alert, saying “some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users.” But almost anyone is vulnerable, says the agency—first-time vapers and regular users; people with a history of seizures and those with none; people who use recreational marijuana and those who don’t—and the seizures happen after a few puffs or as long as a day later.

That doesn’t surprise us. Research published in BMJ Tobacco Control has found vape pod systems like Juul contain high concentrations of a modified, salt form of nicotine, which is more readily absorbed upon inhalation. So, one more time: Vaping delivers all kinds of health risks; some are uniquely its own. For example, another FDA alert says kratom, which people can vape, is laced with nickel and lead—and can cause “nervous system or kidney damage, anemia, high blood pressure and/or increased risk of certain cancers.” So, seize the day—declare no vaping.

Medically reviewed in July 2019.

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