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E-cigarettes are suspected of causing acute lung problems. Swiss pulmonologists require a register.

Author: Pascal Biber, Amanda Arroyo

E-cigarettes are not getting out of the headlines: There are already over 900 cases of serious lung damage and eight deaths suspected to be related to vaping in the United States.

There is also a suspected case in Switzerland. Officially confirmed, like in the USA it is not.

The case occurred in January 2019: A 44-year-old asthmatic patient was admitted to the Winterthur Cantonal Hospital as an emergency with severe breathing problems. The attending pulmonologist Macé Schuurmans: “She had severe shortness of breath, sputum and very, very poor lung function with the slightest exposure. It was urgent. "

It was found that the patient was smoking an e-cigarette. So a case like in the USA? “Our patient fulfills most of the criteria,” says Macé Schuurmans.

The patient was lucky. "We caught a relatively early stage and were able to stop the trigger early," says Macé Schuurmans. "This did not lead to a dramatic development." In contrast to many of those affected in America, she was spared this.

reason unknown

So far it is unclear which ingredients could make the e-cigarette so dangerous for some. The Swiss patient smoked a nicotine-free product with flavorings from regular Swiss stores. Certain aromatic substances in particular are suspected of being the cause of lung damage. Some US states have now banned them, but rather to make e-cigarettes less attractive to young people.

In the worst cases in the USA, privately produced cannabis-containing oils are the focus of the investigations - even if other causes have not yet been ruled out.

Difficult control of the ingredients

“The big problem is the variety of substances and liquids that can be found on the market,” says industrial and environmental hygienist David Vernaz. "Studies on this have to be done very systematically, that takes time and money, and an authority would have to commission them."

Judith Deflorin, from the responsible authority at the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, declines: “You can commission studies if you suspect a certain substance. If you have more specific information. Not on the whole range. "

And adds: "There is a need for action for the federal government if it is clear which substances are responsible for such diseases." Therefore, only the producers are still obliged not to sell any products that are hazardous to health.

There is no official register

Another difficulty: In Switzerland there is no register in which suspected cases are registered. This is what Swiss pulmonologists are now calling for. But the Federal Office of Public Health sees the cantons as responsible. At the request of the “Puls” program, it reports in writing: “The Federal Office of Public Health is following developments in connection with lung damage from e-cigarettes. It is in constant contact with the canton doctors. "

Now the Association of Pulmonologists wants to collect lung problems in connection with e-cigarettes on its own, says President Laurent Nicod: "We will ask all colleagues in the emergency rooms and all pulmonologists to report any cases to the Toxinfo poisoning center."

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  • Comment from M. Gantner (RocksDaddy)
    "Lung doctor" Macé Schuurmans warned on March 4th, 2019 in the Puls studio talk about the dangers of e-cigarettes as an entry drug into tobacco addiction and spoke out in favor of a general advertising ban ...
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    1. answer from Mike Gantner (RocksDaddy)
      apparently this "pulmonologist" has a problem with this less harmful alternative to the tobacco cigarette!
      Could it be that his patients and thus his income will dwindle in the future if more and more people use e-cigarettes
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  • Comment from Fredy Falger (Fredy Falger)
    It's just grotesque.
    An asthma (!) Patient is admitted with a lung disease.

    8 or 9 months ago.

    How on earth does one come up with the idea of ​​constructing a causal connection to steam here?

    Unless you've waited and hoped to play into the hands of Big Pharma and Tobacco.

    Nobody seems to be interested in the fact that this destroys the longstanding work of addiction helpers. Bravo!

    #EZIRARETTENLEBEN
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  • Comment from Ralph Fuchs (Ralph Fuchs)
    Do you have Mr. Dr. Have you ever asked Schuurmans and looked at which interests he has?
    https://www.admin.ch/ch/d/cf/ko/interessenbendung_6498.html
    The office of Co-President is exciting ...
    https://correctiv.org/en/investigations/euros-doctors/database/recipient/schweizerische-gesellschaft-fur-pneumologie-bern-ch/?fbclid=IwAR3ZCNeIpVxRY3b_Z810xeleNz6wgxAmLUDYdmlUHJSml-ZfmwsocHVs
    Why is a case from the beginning of January being inflated by the media right now?
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