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Mayo researchers link vaping illness to toxic inhalation


October 3, 2019

Richard Vogel – Associated Press

In this file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles.

New research from Mayo Clinic suggests that the nation's outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries is due to people inhaling toxic substances - akin to workers who breathe fumes from chemical spills, or World War I soldiers exposed to mustard gas.

The finding by Mayo's consulting pathology lab in Arizona is based on a first-ever examination of 17 biopsies of patients with vaping-associated lung injuries. While the role of chemical inhalation might sound obvious, the finding is important because it contradicts a popular theory that these cases were caused by oil or lipid contamination in the lungs.


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