Teen With Vaping-Related Illness Told He Now Has Lungs Like 70-Year-Old
As a spate of vaping-related deaths grips the US, a teen with the mysterious illness says he has lungs like a 70-year-old.
If Adam Hergenreders case is anything to go by, the recent concerns over e-cigarettes are no joke.
The 18-year-old student athlete in Gurnee, Illinois, was hospitalised after a year-and-a-half of vaping. Now, according to doctors, he has lungs similar to those of a 70-year-old.
Check out the video of Adam Hergenreder below:
As reported by CNN, Hergenreder said:
It was scary to think about that – that little device did that to my lungs.
I was a varsity wrestler before this and I might not ever be able to wrestle because thats a very physical sport and my lungs might not be able to hold that exertion… its sad.
The mysterious vaping-related illness has brought heat upon the e-cigarette industry: as reported by the Los Angeles Times, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently probing 450 cases of severe pulmonary disease to establish the link to vaping. They have called it an outbreak.
The majority of the cases involved people between 18 and 25 years old: according to The Guardian, an estimated nine million adults and 3.6 million teenagers in the US use e-cigarettes.
However, despite investigators still working to decipher the definitive cause of the illnesses, the Trump administration is making moves to ban flavoured vapes.
Following a meeting at the White House on Wednesday (September 11) with advisers including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Norman Sharpless, Trump told reporters that vaping was a problem.
As reported by Bloomberg, Trump said:
Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for children. We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it.
Azar added that the FDA would soon issue regulatory guidance to remove flavoured vaping products from the market.
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