Patients receiving treatment for lung illnesses sustained from vaping had injuries that resemble chemical burns from mustard gas, according to a physician at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Brandon T. Larsen, a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, told the New York Times that lung tissue samples from 17 patients had been analyzed for a study.
The samples were taken from four women and 13 men who ranged from 19 to 67 years old, 70 percent of whom had a history of vaping nicotine or cannabis.
“All 17 of our cases show a pattern of injury in the lung that looks like a toxic chemical exposure, a toxic chemical fume exposure or a chemical burn injury,” Larsen said.
“To be honest, they look like the kind of change you would expect to see in an unfortunate worker in an industrial accident where a big barrel of toxic chemicals spills, and that person is exposed to toxic fumes and there is a chemical burn in the airways,” he added.
Larsen also said that the patients’ lungs resembled the injuries sustained by soldiers poisoned by mustard gas during World War I.
The results of the study were published earlier this