E-cigarettes are considered a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes. But the deaths are piling up – but only in the US. The cause remains enigmatic.
In the United States, the number of deaths has increased to 26 after consuming e-cigarettes. They are on average 49 years old, the youngest 17, the oldest 75, according to the US health authority CDC. Furthermore, 1299 cases of lung disease have been reported since March in connection with e-cigarettes. Last week, the authorities had spoken of 18 dead and 1080 injured.
The causes of the disease are still unclear. The authorities suspect that the victims of their e-cigarette may have added the cannabis drug THC. THC is largely responsible for the intoxicating effect of cannabis.
Electric cigarettes have gained tremendous popularity in the US and many other countries in recent years. The cigarettes, in which nicotine-containing and flavored liquid is vaporized, were previously regarded as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes. However, little research has been done to date on the health effects.
No similar increase in lung damage has been reported in Europe so far. In Germany, the compositions of the active ingredients of e-cigarettes are more strictly regulated than in the US.