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Severe allergic reaction to vaping prompts warning from doctors

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 12 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6473
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London, UK

A Nottinghamshire paediatrician has reported a severe immune reaction in a 16 year old boy who had been smoking e-cigarettes. The incident comes amid growing concerns at the safety of the products, following reports of an increasing number of deaths among users in the US.

The case study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood1 warns that the fluid in e-cigarettes may cause a potentially life threatening lung inflammation in those who are susceptible to it.

“Coming from a paediatric perspective, we remain concerned that young adults are experimenting with e-cigarettes,” said the study’s lead author, Jayesh Mahendra Bhatt, from the Department of …

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