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UK News Vape warning as British teenager suffers 'catastrophic' illness

07:15  12 november  2019
07:15  12 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Doctors have issued a warning about vaping after a British teenager nearly died from " catastrophic " respiratory failure link to e-cigarettes. Doctors, writing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, said the "previously well young person presented with a catastrophic respiratory illness " which put

Teenager Ewan Fisher nearly died after suffering ' catastrophic ' respiratory failure after vapingCredit: PA:Press Association. Now, doctors who treated the teenager have warned people should regard e-cigarettes as safer than tobacco "at Medics initially thought Ewan was suffering from severe asthma.

a young man standing in front of a door: Mr Fisher was treated at the Nottingham University Hospitals' NHS Trust © PA Mr Fisher was treated at the Nottingham University Hospitals' NHS Trust Doctors have issued a warning about vaping after a British teenager nearly died from "catastrophic" respiratory failure link to e-cigarettes.

Ewan Fisher, who turns 19 on Tuesday, was treated for the condition at Nottingham University Hospitals' NHS Trust and ended up on life support.

The teenager was under age when he bought vaping equipment from a local shop.

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He had been use the device for four to five months before he was taken ill aged 16.

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The teenager revealed "that he had recently started to use e-cigarettes fairly frequently, using two "And to all the teenagers that vape and think it's something good, it's really not. "I wouldn't wish this Dr Nick Hopkinson, British Lung Foundation medical director and reader in respiratory medicine at

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Mr Fisher was treated for hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) - a type of allergic reaction to something breathed in which results in inflammation of the lung tissue.

He became so ill that he was put on a type of life support - extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) - which is an exterior artificial lung that puts oxygen into the blood and pumps it around the body.

Doctors, writing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, said the "previously well young person presented with a catastrophic respiratory illness" which put his life in danger.

Ewan Fisher ended up on life support after suffering a 'catastrophic' respiratory illness © PA Ewan Fisher ended up on life support after suffering a 'catastrophic' respiratory illness Dr Jayesh Mahendra Bhatt, a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at at the hospital trust, treated Mr Fisher.

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A catastrophic illness is a severe illness requiring prolonged hospitalization or recovery. Examples would include cancer, leukemia, heart attack or stroke. These illnesses usually involve high costs for hospitals, doctors and medicines and may incapacitate the person from working

He said: "The evidence we gathered showed that it was that (vaping) that was to blame.

"I know at least one colleague who has seen a similar case."

Scientists are becoming increasingly divided over whether vaping causes harm to human health.

While evidence continues to be published on risks associated with vaping, Public Health England (PHE) stands by its claim that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.

It says non-smokers should not try vaping, but smokers would be far healthier if they made the switch to e-cigarettes.

Doctors said in the new study that Mr Fisher, a previous smoker, was admitted to hospital following a week of fever.

a person lying on a bed: He had bought vaping products when he was under age © PA He had bought vaping products when he was under age He also had a persistent cough and increasing difficulty with breathing.

Mr Fisher's condition deteriorated rapidly and he developed respiratory failure.

He was put on ECMO plus intravenous antibiotics and steroids.

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The teenager , from Nottingham, is believed to have suffered an exaggerated immune response to chemicals found in e-cigarette fluid. The teenager revealed he stopped smoking a half pack of cigarettes a day at 16 because he wanted to focus on his boxing training.

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His condition became critical ten days later and he developed severe muscle weakness, requiring a long period of rehabilitation.

The teenager told medics "he had recently started to use e-cigarettes fairly frequently, using two different liquids, purchased over the counter".

The listed ingredients for both vaping liquids were the same apart from the unnamed flavourings.

Mr Fisher told doctors he had smoked cannabis a year previously but not recently.

Mr Fisher was treated for hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) © Getty Mr Fisher was treated for hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) He was still suffering after two months and so skin tests were taken with vaping fluid, which made his symptoms worse.

Blood samples also showed that he had more antibodies to one of the two liquids, raising the possibility this might have been the source of his reaction.

Mr Fisher eventually recovered after 14 months.

The doctors said: "There are two important lessons here. The first is always to consider a reaction to e-cigarettes in someone presenting with an atypical respiratory illness. The second is that we consider e-cigarettes as 'much safer than tobacco' at our peril."

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Dr Nick Hopkinson, medical director at the British Lung Foundation, said the findings showed it was "possible the patient's illness could have been due to an allergic response to a component of e-cigarette vapour".

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However, he said it can often be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis for this condition.

Dr Hopkinson added: "In Britain, 3.6 million people vape and youth use remains low.

"If this was a common problem or a significant risk we would expect many more cases.

"Advice remains that smoking carries a huge health risk and smokers need to quit if at all possible."

Rosanna O' Connor, director of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and justice at PHE, said: "We continue to keep the evidence under review, including all safety and health concerns reported to the e-cigarette regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

"However, smoking kills half of life-long smokers and accounts for almost 220 deaths in England every day.

"Our advice remains that while not completely risk free, UK regulated e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoked tobacco.

"This view is held by many across the world, including the Royal College of Physicians, Cancer Research UK, the British Medical Association and the National Academy of Sciences in the US."

The warning comes after a spate of vaping-related deaths in the US.

The number reached 18 in October with cases of illness linked to the practice topping 1,000.

More than a third of those affected were under the age of 21.

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