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FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures potentially linked to vaping

Fox News (8/8, Farber, 27.59M) reports in continuing coverage, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced it is investigating 127 reports of seizures occurring after vaping or electronic cigarette use.” The agency said in a statement, “In total, including those posted in April, the agency has received 127 reports of seizure or other neurological symptoms that occurred between 2010 and 2019.” Still, “the FDA has not formally established a link between e-cigarette use and ‘neurological events’ such as seizures.”

FDA tells four companies to remove flavored e-cigarette, hookah products from market Reuters (8/8) reports, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told four companies to remove 44 of their flavored e-liquid and hookah tobacco products that do not have the required approval for sale in the U.S., the agency said on Thursday.” The FDA “said it has issued warning letters to Mighty Vapors LLC, Liquid Labs USA LLC, V8P Juice International LLC and Hookah Imports Inc and has sought their response within 15 days.” The agency “said the products had been introduced into the market after the effective date of a rule that extended FDA’s authority to all tobacco products, thereby making them adulterated or misbranded.”

CNN (8/8, Azad, 83.16M) reports on its website that acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said, “Today’s actions make clear that we will continue to keep a close watch on whether companies are breaking the law and will take swift steps when violations are found. ... Our work in this area has already resulted in a number of companies removing products from the market.”

Wisconsin physicians confirm new lung disease cases linked to vaping The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (8/8, Rutledge, Spicuzza, 632K) reports physicians “in Wisconsin have confirmed new cases of lung disease tied to vaping, officials with the state Department of Health Services said Thursday.” The “cases included older people in addition to teens, all of whom reported vaping or ‘dabbing,’ which is vaping marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates.” State “officials have confirmed a total of 12 cases and are investigating 13 other cases.” The piece adds that “officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are assisting in the investigation.”