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Vaping linked to rare lung disease: study

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06.12.2019

Doctors treating a patient with a rare lung disease usually caused by exposure to industrial metals say it may instead be the first case linked to vaping.

Electronic cigarettes are sold as safer alternatives to traditional tobacco products and as aids to stop smoking. But they have been implicated in a growing number of recent deaths and health alerts, especially in the United States.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco said the patient had hard-metal pneumoconiosis, typically found in people exposed to metals such as cobalt or tungsten used in tool sharpening or diamond polishing.

It causes a persistent cough and breathing difficulties, and leaves tell-tale scarring on lung tissue.

Kirk Jones, Clinical Professor of Pathology at UCSF, said “this patient did not have any known exposure to hard........

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