Seizing Opportunities

Posted 13th August 2019 by Dave Cross
The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a call for money seekers and ambulance chasers to submit self-diagnosed reports of vape-related seizures. It says it has to act following has 127 reports of neurological events following e-cigarette use. At no point does it note that this seems to be an entirely American phenomenon.

Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said: “The FDA is continuing its scientific investigation to determine if there’s a direct relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and a risk of seizure or other neurological symptoms. Although we still don’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, we believe it’s critical to keep the public updated on the information we’ve received based on the agency’s initial request for reports earlier this year.”

At this time, FDA has not identified any specific brand or product problem associated with incidents of some e-cig users experiencing seizures” - FDA

“We appreciate the public response to our initial call for reports, and we strongly encourage the public to submit new or follow-up reports with as much detail as possible. Additional reports or more detailed information about these incidents are vital to help inform our analysis and may help us identify common risk factors and determine whether any specific e-cigarette product attributes, such as nicotine content or formulation, may be more likely to contribute to seizures.”

“It is imperative that health care professionals, consumers, parents, teachers and other concerned adults, as well as youth and young adult users, report detailed information about any past or future incidents of seizures following e-cigarette use to the FDA. We’re committed to monitoring this issue closely and taking additional steps as necessary to protect the public, especially our nation’s youth, from the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

Despite having no idea about whether seizures are linked to vaping, and ignoring the wholesale absence of supporting events globally, the FDA says it is seeking more information “to better understand whether there is a relationship between e-cigarette use and neurological events” and asking “ that any unexpected health or product issues experienced with e-cigarettes or any tobacco product be reported to the FDA through the Safety Reporting Portal”.

The agency is tasked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health. With its ongoing war against tobacco harm reduction it appears to be primarily focussed on promoting the wealth of certain market sectors and the political ambitions of a few to the detriment of public health.

Not only does the figure of 127 reported cases stand at odds with the rest of the world, one hundred of these came about following a spate of baseless, sensationalist news stories. Also, the agency is selectively ignoring the fact that traditional NRT drugs are directly linked to increasing the chances of seizures.

PoTV asked Acting Commissioner Sharpless to explain why only Americans appear to be having seizures. He has failed to respond.

Resources:

  • FDA Press Release – [link]


 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, dog walker