On April 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement that wooden water pipes may cause epilepsy. This led to consumers' fear of water pipes repair.
After the announcement, shares of well-known tobacco companies such as Altria Group and British American Tobacco Group fell sharply. Altria Tobacco fell 4.78% on Wednesday and British American Tobacco fell 2.29%.
On August 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating 127 people who suffered epilepsy after drinking water pipes repair, but there was no direct evidence that water pipes repair could cause epilepsy.
127 related cases were investigated. In April this year, FDA announced that it had received 35 epilepsy cases related to smoking in wooden water pipes, especially among young people, with an annual span of 2010-2019. Due to limited samples, it is still uncertain whether it is epilepsy caused by water pipes repair, and FDA announced to investigate the problem.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, wooden water pipes Epilepsy So far, the Food and Drug Administration has received about 92 new reports of epilepsy after using wooden water pipes, including children and adolescents.
There is no direct evidence pointing to water pipes repair. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the evidence analyzed so far has not determined a clear pattern or cause for these cases. Other reports also "do not show an increase in the frequency or prevalence of epileptic seizures among water pipes repair users."
The reported cases occurred between 2010 and 2019. In addition to epileptic seizures, other cases were reported as syncope or tremor.
"we still don't have enough information to determine whether water pipes repair will lead to these reported incidents," FDA Commissioner ned shaples said, but he called on the public to continue to report cases to FDA online.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration wooden water pipes Epilepsy "We are very grateful to the public for their response to our initial report, and we strongly encourage the public to submit new or follow-up reports as detailed as possible."
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