Newly Published
Correspondence  |   July 2020
Sparking the Discussion about Vaping and Anesthesia: Reply
Author Notes
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York (M.M.F.). max.feinstein@mountsinai.org
  • Accepted for publication June 23, 2020.
    Accepted for publication June 23, 2020.×
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   July 2020
Sparking the Discussion about Vaping and Anesthesia: Reply
Anesthesiology Newly Published on July 14, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003477
Anesthesiology Newly Published on July 14, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003477
We appreciate the letter by Dr. Oyston.1  We do not dispute that the dangers posed by vitamin E acetate are unrelated to the use of nicotine-based vaping products. This was not the purpose of our letter.2  What is troubling, however, is that many unregulated vaping products containing dangerous contaminants have been widely available and were implicated in over 50 deaths in 2019.3  Our goal was to highlight for anesthesiologists, particularly in the United States, that patients may be ingesting dangerous vaping products and that this information may be important to consider before surgery. To our knowledge, many anesthesiologists do not routinely ask specifically about vaping, and people who vape often believe it to be distinctly different from cigarette smoking. As such, when asked about smoking, many would simply say no.