It's clearly the bad buzz around vaping that has been raging for a few days now. Cases of pulmonary problems which have been increasing for several weeks in the United States but according to the first elements vaping would not be responsible, it is indeed a diverted use of the e-cigarette which could explain them.
Cough, fatigue, difficulty in breathing and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. These are the symptoms of mysterious lung problems that appeared in the United States, which already left one dead in late August in Illinois.
Federal health authorities have identified 193 cases, across 22 states. The sufferers are teenagers and adult vapers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Doctors say the illness resembles a reaction of the lungs to inhaling a caustic substance.
"It is not vaping that is called into question, but the way" - Jean-Pierre Couteron
For the spokesperson of Addiction Federation, a network of associations that he chaired from 2011 to 2018, “ favorable to vaping as a tool to get out of smoking », The problem is not the e-cigarette but the use that can be made of it.
« Some vapers manufacture themselves their liquids, in the fashion of do it yourself », Regrets Jean-Pierre Couteron. For the psychologist, consumers then take the risk of using liquids of poor quality or unsuitable for inhalation. " What can trigger health problems "He says," Do not play the little chemist. ».
In the United States, health authorities are trying to track down the products used by patients, and to find out whether they were consumed as intended or mixed with other substances. Substances that the president of the American Vaping Association did not hesitate to blame, saying he was "confident" that cannabis was the cause of the disease.
Several states have indeed announced that some of the affected patients had used their electronic cigarettes to inhale liquids containing THC - tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active molecule in cannabis.
source : Leparisien.fr/