Costly cartridges and an addiction to nicotine aren’t the only things vapers need to worry about. Chance Ammirata, 18, It began last Monday with a pain in his side. He recalled having trouble sleeping, but wrote the discomfort off as a pulled muscle. The following day, he could barely carry on a normal day. “I remember [my friend] made me laugh,” Ammirata told the Daily Mail, “and it felt like my chest was collapsing, like I was having a heart attack.” said it only took him a couple of days to go through one Juul pod. Now, he’s going viral for sharing images of his lungs on social media. When he began vaping about a year and a half ago, he thought the trendy devices were a “safe” alternative to smoking — though the teen says he’s never smoked. But, last week, the Florida-based student learned vaporizers come with risks of their own, after he was rushed to the emergency room to treat a collapsed lung, which he believes was caused by the pod’s toxic chemicals.
That’s when he decided to go to the hospital, and within a few hours he was surrounded by surgeons who had to insert a tube into his lung to keep it inflated. Ammirata said the diagnosis was “completely abrupt” as he hadn’t suffered any symptoms such as coughing or wheezing prior to the collapse. “When they did the actual major surgery to reinflate my lungs, the surgeon said, ‘Whatever you’ve been smoking has been leaving these black dots on your lungs,’ ” he added. Alhough surgeons successfully repaired the hole in his lung, they told Ammirata that those black dots would take years to heal, if they ever do. He’d also no longer be able to do a lot of the active pastimes he enjoys, such as cross-country running and scuba diving, nor can he travel by plane for some time. Now, the former vaper is sounding the alarm, and pleading with others to break the habit. “You thought Juuls were safe. So did I,” he wrote in a viral post on his social media feed, sharing an image of his spotted, collapsed lungs.
https://nypost.com/2019/08/08/student-shares-shocking-images-of-collapsed-lungs- after-vaping-for-a-year/ https://twitter.com/Chanceammirata Ammirata continued, “I know how hard it is to change anyone’s mind who’s addicted because I was, too. And I don’t think anyone could have said anything to make me stop. But your lungs most likely look like this too if you’ve been smoking.” He concluded, “Don’t let it get worse — please stop — like really please.