E-cigarettes leave woman with rare lung disease normally seen in metal workers

An e-cigarette user has been diagnosed with a rare form of lung scarring which is usually seen in metal workers, a study has revealed.

The case study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests the condition in the lungs of an unnamed 49-year-old woman was likely caused by vaping.

Hard-metal pneumoconiosis can result in permanent scarring, breathing difficulties and chronic coughing.

The woman vaped cannabis oil – which has been linked to many of the hundreds of cases of lung illness in the US have been linked to.

When researchers in San Francisco tested the patient’s e-cigarette they found cobalt and other toxic metals – nickel, aluminium, manganese, lead and chromium – in the vapour produced by the device, which they concluded came from the heating coils found inside it.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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