Vaping linked to breathing problems in several states

Health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of a mysterious lung disease linked to e-cigarette use across multiple states.
2:21 | 08/19/19

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We have a new "Gma" health alert. Concerns about vaping. Possible lung illnesses related to e-cigarettes and many hospitalizing teens with lung damage. I'm here with someone from Johns Hopkins, who specializes the lung illness. We have seen cases of acute lung injury, leading to hospitalizations in teens and young adults linked with e-cigarettes or vaping. Cases have been confirmed in eight statements and counting and some of the people are quite sick. They start out with symptoms like cough, fever, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and some have needed the intensive care unit on a ventilator to breathe. We're concerned about that because youth e-cigarette use or vaping has reached epic proportions. What is it about vaping that's causing these illnesses? It's a great question, George. A common misconception is it's just harmful water vapor. That's not true. In addition to nicotine, these products emit nickel, tin and lady, harmful chemicals, and flavorings which can do damage to the lungs when they're inhaled and also ultra fine particles which are damaging to the heart and lungs. Bottom line, anyone who is using these is placing themselves at risk, and we don't even know the medium and long-term health effects. So much risk, but you use the word epidemic. 1 in 4 teens have tried these. What can we do to bring this down? The most important thing is to just educate people. So parents and teens, teachers, everyone needs to be aware of what's going on, and, you know, teens who use these need to understand that they are placing themselves at risk for lifelong tobacco addiction, and potentially serious lung damage. They have to talk to their kids, and high schoolers are using these. Occasional cases, elementary school. Definitely talk to preteens and maybe younger. Parents who want to learn more can go to the American association website. It's a conversation starter that will help them see what to ask their kids to get the conversation started, and schools can find resources there if they want to educate the That talk is very important. Let's go to Cecilia. We'll turn to the latest on

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