The State Is Looking At Its First Report Of Lung Disease Linked To Vaping

Barbara Schwarz
August 16, 2019 - 7:36 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - We don't know how old the person is or where they live. There have been nearly 100 cases in 14 states. 

Pulmonologist Stephen Mueller at Methodist Charlton Medical Center says it causes inflammation of bronchial tubes and can turn into a serious illness. 

"I think the most important thing is, this is not safe for anyone."

Patients first report shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain and vomiting.

Antibiotics do not help.  In some cases, people have been placed on respirators.

Many teens and some even younger are drawn to vaping. 

Mueller says in younger people "It can leave them with injury that can could only not actually be permanent, but lay dormant for a while and come back in later years."

He says chemicals in vaping include glycols, relatives of anti-freeze and heavy metals like lead and nickel are byproducts.  He says a person could get ill from vaping the first time they try an e-cigarette.