Vaping is causing lung damage, Lancet study finds as medics urge public to avoid e-cigarettes
Medics treating “vaping associated injuries” are urging the public not to use e-cigarettes, after a Lancet study found quarter of those readmitted for treatment were still showing abnormalities weeks later.
The study of 60 US vapers, admitted to hospital suffering breathing problems, comes amid growing global concern about the possible long-term risks of e-cigarettes.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,888 cases of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury have been reported in the United States, including 37 deaths.
US President Trump has announced plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes, while the World Health Organisation has expressed concern about the chemicals in such devices.
However, in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) has championed the role of e-cigarettes, which it claims are 95 per cent safer than smoking.
The new research, led by Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, examined 60 American patients treated for “vaping-associated lung injury” at 13 hospitals in Utah, between June and October of this year.
The diagnosis in patients suffering breathing difficulties, abdominal problems and flu-like symptoms, was defined by a history of vaping or e-cigarette use, abnormalities shown in chest imaging, and the exclusion of other possible causes, such as pneumonia.
While most patients began to improve after being given treatment with antibiotics, steroids and oxygen, around 10 per cent of cases relapsed, suffering complications that required hospital readmission, the study found.