D The number of e-cigarette deaths has continued to increase in the United States. On Tuesday, 33 people died in 24 states in the United States after using electronic cigarettes, the US Health Service said on Thursday (local time). According to a recent assessment by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), e-cigarette smokers in Germany do not face increased risks when using products that comply with European and German regulations. However, there are dangers, especially for self-mixers.
The compositions of ready-to-use inhalation fluids are more strictly regulated in Europe than in the United States. However, "steamer" should be aware of symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, recommends BfR President Andreas Hensel. "Especially after a product change."
In particular, users of e-cigarettes should refrain from producing mixtures themselves. Without proper knowledge there is a risk of self-mixing that substances like oils would be used. They can lead to severe respiratory illnesses by inhalation. In reports to German poison information centers, self-mixed e-liquids have often been the cause of health problems.
In the United States, a series of serious lung diseases with shortness of breath, cough and chest pain were reported following evaporation of e-cigarettes. Recently, there was evidence that THC products may play a role in illness and death. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is in cannabis and is mainly responsible for the intoxicating effect of the drug. Among the more well-studied cases, a majority of patients said they had smoked products containing THC.
The dead were an average of 44 years old, the youngest 1
According to BfR data, a liquid – usually nicotine-containing – is heated in the e-cigarette. Evaporation can be inhaled. According to current knowledge, e-cigarettes are less harmful to health than conventional tobacco products. However, insufficiently studied ingredients, contaminants or new liquid and vapor products can increase health risks.
High-powered "sub-ohm" models also delivered large amounts of steam directly to the lungs. The effects are still largely unexplored. Problematic can also be nicotine-free liquids. Since they are not covered by the tobacco legislation and therefore do not have to comply with the tobacco legislation. These also included prohibitions on substances of health problems and applicable reporting obligations.