A Florida teenager who developed a hole in his right lung that later collapsed, blamed his recent health scare on evaporation.
Chance Ammirata, 18, told CBS this morning he needed surgery to repair the hole. Claims were made after he used Juul – a popular e-cigarette device – at age 16.
"I could not breathe," he told the outlet MIT & SEVERE LUNG INJURY, BREATHING PROBLEMS
Earlier this month, Ammirata stated on social media that "enough is enough "and" nicotine rots our brain and destroys our brain "body. "
" It overwhelmed me with emotion, "he added.
The teenager says he plans now to raise awareness and" fight to help not only ourselves, but those who we like to break down the nicotine. "[1
The teenager's allegations came when officials from the Utah Ministry of Health announced that on Monday at least five persons were present hospitalization with "serious respiratory problems" after evaporation or use of "other inhalants".
Patients reported similar symptoms – shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and coughing – that worsened over a number of days or weeks before they were hospitalized.
"All patients were hospitalized, some needed respiratory support, and while patients have improved with treatment, it is not known if there are any long-term health effects," a statement by the Department of Health in Utah said.
The cases were not unlike those in other states, namely Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, where a high incidence of lung disease has occurred, especially among teenagers ssibly bound to vaping.
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In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Control (CDC) announced at the weekend that they are investigating a cluster of lung diseases, related to the consumption of e-cigarette products or "evaporate" especially in adolescents and young adults. "
" Other states have alerted the CDC to possible (unacknowledged) cases, and investigations are underway on these cases, "the CDC added, adding that there was" no conclusive evidence "that an infectious disease was behind the disease plugged.
In all, there were nearly 94 cases of "serious" illnesses related to the consumption of e-cigarettes. Cases have been reported in 14 states since June 28, and at least 30 cases have been reported in Wisconsin, according to the CDC.
The negative health effects of cigarette and cigar consumption have long been documented, leading to a decline in both teenagers in the US in recent years.
In 2018, the CDC stated that about 1 in 50 students – about 1.8 percent – smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days, compared to 4.3 percent in 2011 and a drastic decline of 36 in 2003, 4 percent in 1997, when rates peaked in the first half of the 1990s, according to the American Lung Association.
The same is not true for the use of e-cigarettes. In 2018, nearly 1 in 20 middle school students (4.9 percent) said they had used electronic cigarettes in the last 30 days. This is an increase of less than 1 percent in 2011.
Last year, Jerome Adams, the United States General Surgeon, declared vaporizing among American adolescents an "epidemic."
"This is an unprecedented challenge," Health "and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in response at the time.
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The short-term and long-term health problems of using e-cigarettes are not well known, and manufacturers of e-cigarettes do not need to list all ingredients.
A recent study by Yale University and Duke University has found that the e-cigarette fluid contained in Juul devices contain chemicals known as acetals, and acetals may cause lung irritation, according to researchers.
Regardless, the FDA announced last week that it received 127 reports of Seizures examined after evaporation.