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Vaping Teen Undergoes Double Lung Transplant

By now, you should be thoroughly aware of the dangers of vaping. E- cigarette devices contain toxic nicotine, heavy metals, fine particulate matter and formaldehyde, and even threaten bystanders exposed to their second-hand "smoke.”


Thanks to Juul’s marketing, targeted at teens and young adults, many turned to e-cigarettes thinking they were a safer alternative to smoking. Evidenced by those in hospitals and emergency rooms across the country, suffering from vaping-related illnesses and conditions, it’s apparent just how wrong they were. Doctors recently had to perform a double lung transplant on a 17-year-old boy, due to vaping-related injury.

The patient had been hooked up to an ECMO machine for more than a month before the surgery, to help support his heart and lung function. Dr. Hassan Nemeh, a thoracic surgeon at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit who helped conduct the operation, explained, "He wouldn't have survived even minutes without it.”

The teen’s lungs were in such bad condition he was moved to the top of the national waiting list for lung transplants. CT scans showed extensive inflammation and scarring of lung tissue, along with spots of dead tissue on both lungs — a sign of irreversible damage.

"What I saw in his lungs is nothing that I have ever seen before, and I have been doing lung transplants for 20 years," Nemeh said. "There was inflammation and scarring, and dead tissue. This is an evil that I haven't faced before."

According to the CDC, the 17-year-old is just one of more than 2,050 cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping, reported since March. So far, 39 people have died from vaping-related illness, known as EVALI.

There is a certain perceived assurance that e-cigarettes are safe and harmless to your health. By now, you should know that nothing could be further from the truth.