Research shows vaping-related lung disease may be caused by chemical exposure

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Lung damage in those using e-cigarettes might be caused by chemicals in the vape liquid, according to a letter published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings are among the first to offer insight into what might have sickened more than 800 people in recent months who vaped. At least 17 people nationwide have died from vaping-related illnesses. The cause is unclear, although several federal and state agencies are investigating.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found the lung damage was similar to a chemical burn. “It seems to be some kind of direct chemical injury, similar to what one might see with exposures to toxic chemical fumes, poisonous gases and toxic agents,” Dr. Brandon Larsen, a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said in a hospital press release.

The accumulation of fatty substances such as oils were suspected in the lung damage, but researchers said there was no evidence they were the cause.
“Based on what we have seen in our study, we suspect that most cases involve chemical contaminants, toxic byproducts or other noxious agents within vape liquids,” Larsen said.

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