Hanoi-based Vietnam National Children’s Hospital has recently documented multiple cases where young students were admitted to the emergency room with symptoms of poisoning caused by substances in e-cigarettes.
In one case, N.A., a 12-year-old student at a middle school in Hanoi, was taken to the hospital with shortness of breath and convulsions.
Family members said A. is a good student, but his parents are often too busy with work to supervise him.
A. recently hung out with some older students and was introduced to e-cigarettes.
The boy then ordered e-cigarettes online and used them on a regular basis until he suffered tremors, dizziness, panic attacks, difficulty breathing, and convulsions.
Doctors at Vietnam National Children’s Hospital collected a sample of the e-cigarette and sent it to the National Institute of Forensic Medicine for testing.
The test result showed that it contained several addictive substances.
Ngo Anh Vinh, deputy head of the Department of Adolescent Health at Vietnam National Children's Hospital, said that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive.
Nicotine can harm brain development in children, cause memory impairment, affect intelligence due to its effects on brain development.
It can even cause chest pain, heart failure, stroke, and immunodeficiency, as well as weaken the immune system.
There is also a high risk of acute poisoning due to high-dose nicotine.