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[Comment] Identifying, tracking, and treating lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping

13:30 EST 8 Nov 2019 | The Lancet

Since their introduction to the international market in 2007, e-cigarettes have gained popularity, particularly among teenagers and young adults, while health authorities and policy makers debate how to properly regulate these products.1,2 In 2019 in the USA, an outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping (known as E-VALI or VALI) has caused the deaths of more than 37 people to date and more than 1800 people have been ill.3 Most reported cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping have been in otherwise healthy young adult men (965 [70%] of 1378 patients with data on sex), and many of those affected were using multiple e-devices, e-liquids, and both nicotine and tetrahydrocannabinol containing products.

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