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Does vaping cause EVALI?

In 2019, there were reports that vaping had caused an outbreak of lung illness in the US called E-cigarette or Vaping-use Associated Lung Injury.  

Despite the name, an investigation ultimately found the cases were linked to contaminated illegal products and NOT regular or long-term vaping. However, there are media stories as recently as 2023 that link vaping with EVALI.  

Cancer Research UK states ‘there is no good evidence that e-cigarettes bought from legal places cause lung disease’. 

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities said there were ‘lessons to be learnt from the mislabelled US EVALI outbreak’ and stressed communications about the illness should separate vaping illicit substances from nicotine vaping (2022). 

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