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Florida Teen States Vaping Caused Collapsed Lung

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Increasingly, we are starting to see the effects of vaping on the lungs and other areas of health, yet teen vaping continues to hit record highs. A teen in Florida recently experienced a collapsed lung, and he blames on vaping, saying it was so severe he felt like he was having a heart attack.

Chance Ammirata, an 18-year-old told CBS This Morning in a recent report that he couldn’t breathe. When Ammirata went to the emergency room, doctors told him a hole developed in his right lung, leading to the collapse. Following the teen’s surgery to repair the hole, the medical staff told CBS This Morning the teen appeared to have inflamed lungs, which they said could have been from something he’d been inhaling.

According to Ammirata, he started using Juul when he was 16, and he’d never smoked traditional cigarettes. According to federal law, it’s illegal to sell e-cigarettes to young people under the age of 18. Even so, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says more than 3.6 million students in middle and high school used them in 2018.

E-cigarette use went up 78% among high school students between 2017 and 2018, and it increased by 48% among middle school students.

Dangers of Vaping

The dangers of vaping aren’t something that’s widely understood by teens or perhaps even their parents at this point. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the investigation of 94 potential cases of severe lung disease related to vaping in 14 states across the country. According to the Surgeon General, vaping dangers to the lungs could be caused by certain ingredients like:

  • Fine particles inhaled deep into the lungs of the user
  • Flavorings like diacetyl which are chemicals that have been linked with lung disease
  • Volatile compounds and heavy metals like lead

Along with the potentially harmful substances that can cause lung damage and disease, e-cigarettes also contain nicotine. Vaping health risks linked to nicotine include addiction and harm to the brain, particularly a teen brain that’s still developing until the age of 25.

The CDC’s official position is that the use of e-cigarettes is not safe for kids, teens, or young adults.

His Plea to Other Teens

Chance Ammirata is working to stop vaping and help get the word out about the risks with teens and vaping so others don’t face a situation like his. Ammirata has launched a social media campaign to highlight the risks and chemicals in vapes and to let other people learn more about what he’s gone through. He launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #LungLove to help teens become more educated about the risks of vaping, and ultimately to stop vaping.

Finding Help

Many of the ways to stop using traditional cigarettes may not be as helpful for people who are addicted to vaping, which can make it challenging to stop. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, around 800,000 to 900,000 kids and teens in the U.S. who use e-cigarettes use them regularly—typically around 20 days out of a 30-day month, which indicates addiction.

One option for teens who want to learn how to quit vaping is to contact the Truth Initiative’s relatively new hotline. Kids can text QUIT to (202) 804-9884 to start getting text messages that will guide them toward resources to help them stop vaping.

Other strategies teens can use to help them stop vaping include:

  • Identifying situations that trigger them to use their device, and avoiding them if possible
  • Finding other coping mechanisms and leaving the e-cigarette device at home when heading out for the day

For teens struggling with other addictions to certain substances, drug rehab centers in Florida are available. Next Generation Village offers evidence-based teen drug treatment in a comfortable and compassionate environment. Contact us today to learn more.

Sources:

Theisen, Tiffini. “Florida teen blames collapsed lung on vaping.” Orlando Sentinel, August 19, 2019. Accessed September 4, 2019.

Rangel, Corey. “Teen blames collapsed lung on vaping; CDC investigates cases across U.S.” ABC Action News, August 21, 2019. Accessed September 4, 2019.

Raven, Kathleen. “Teen Vaping Linked to More Health Risks.” Yale Medicine, August 27, 2019. Accessed September 4, 2019.

Surgeon General. “The Facts on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.” Accessed September 4, 2019.

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