In a public acknowledgment, the agency reported "a recent search in voluntary reports of unwanted experiences with tobacco products that said attacks arising from the use of e-cigarettes (e.g., Vaping)" signal "a potentially growing security issue."
Since June 2018, the FDA said it has "observed a small but noticeable increase in reports of seizures" related to e-cigarette use.
"After examining poison control centers' reports between 2010 and the beginning of 2019, the FDA states that between 35 central station centers and the FDA, there were a total of 35 reported cases of seizures mentioning the use of e-cigarettes within this timeframe, the message said." By voluntary nature of these case reports, multiple cases of e-cigarette user seizures may occur than reported. "[FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb launched an accompanying statement explaining why the agency published the information.]
" We want to be clear that we do not yet know if there is a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and the risk of seizures. We may not say that e-cigarettes cause these seizures, "he said.
" We share this early information with the public because, as a public health agency, it is our job to communicate about potential security issues related to the products we regulate are under scientific investigation from the agency. This also contributes to the fact that the public voluntarily reports further side effects that can better inform our work. "