Teens Share Their Stories After Vaping Injuries Put Them in the Hospital

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Vaping has been under scrutiny for a while now. Though it was at first thought to be a better alternative to normal smoking, now it seems to be causing strange lung diseases, and people are speaking out about the negative effects they experienced.

Teenagers such as Chance Ammirata are taking to social media to post about the issues they’ve encountered because of vaping. Ammirata landed in the hospital after one of his lungs collapsed. His doctor said vaping probably caused his health problems.

He felt it was his responsibility to warn his friends about the dangers of using e-cigarettes, telling Buzzfeed:

“I honestly knew so many more teenagers that were vaping than not, and I was like ‘OK, I need to put this out there.’ I felt obligated to tell my friends, like, ‘guys, this is not good. You guys need to stop.'”

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This whole experience is absolutely insane and life changing (disclaimer I don’t always look this bad just when I’m glued to the hospital bed for 8 days) I came into this experience completely negative mad at the world , and scared of how things were gonna turn out after my lung collapsed. But I decided to take this negative and completely find another meaning. I decided that spreading my story could help others not have to go through the same thing as me. One by one reading each message from every single one of you explaining how I was able to CHANGE YOUR MINDSET I was able to help you throw out your juul. Makes you realize enough is enough and that nicotine is rotting our brains and destroying our bodies. It overcame me with emotions. I’ve never been happier to make such a difference. My surgery to get my chest tube removed is scheduled in around 2/3 hours and I’m insanely nervous. But I want to make sure my story is always out there. And that the change doesn’t stop. Every day we need to fight to help not only ourselves but the ones we love put down the nicotine. This epidemic has taken enough. We don’t need more evidence telling us just how bad it is. How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop !? None should be the answer don’t take this with a grain of salt. And keep on pushing yourselves to take control of these cravings. I know it’s hard , and I know it will be a long one/2 weeks of getting over the addiction. But 1/2 weeks is so much more worth it than a lifetime of consequences. #lunglove #stopjuul #revolution #wewillmakeachange #wearenotcontrolled edit: hole* reference to third slide

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Cara Fraser is another teenager who ended up in a hospital thanks to vaping. Her doctors put her in a medically-induced coma in 2018 for a week because she was unable to breathe by herself. They even told Fraser’s family they should get ready to let her go at one point.

Fraser says:

“Not only was it hard physically it was very hard mentally to go through that. I didn’t want anyone else to go through it.”

She was lucky to survive.

Fabian Castillo is yet another teen who began vaping because he was feeling stressed, only to wind up in the ER. He, too, shared his story on social media:

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I realize this is a lot more than what I usually share or post but I wanted to take a moment and show you all what the risks are if you vape or smoke anything THC or vape in general. I was in the hospital for two weeks as I was having trouble breathing, as I got to the hospital my lungs stopped moving all together. The doctors at the hospital had no choice but to put me in coma for 9 days so they can put me on a machine to breathe for me. They warned my mother that things where not looking good for me as my oxygen levels dropped dramatically along with my blood pressure and heart rate. The doctors told my mother to start looking into funeral arrangements. I nearly lost my life for something I thought was completely harmless. I didn’t listen to anyone that told me its dangerous and I never understood why they would tell me that well now I understand why. This is not for sympathy or attention I want all of you to look at this and rethink what you put into your body there are plenty of cases coming out like mine but I was one of the super lucky ones that made it. So please if you smoke vape or anything look at this photo and imagine your loved one or you in this position. This was not comfortable or fun and I’m still recovering so please be cautious of what you put in your body or what you do to your body.#stopvaping #stopsmoking(9 days won’t let me edit)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still getting at the bottom of what exactly is causing these issues, though it believes that the primary culprit may be an inhalable version of vitamin E acetate. In the meantime, these courageous teens are speaking out so they can help dissuade their peers from making the same mistakes they did.

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