Vaping tied to lung injuries, doctors urge people to stop

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PEORIA, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a death was tied to vaping.

This is the first one in the country. Health providers have found that lung injuries are related to vaping solutions.

Doctors claim chemicals people inhale while vaping creates an inflammatory response in the lung and it is sometimes higher than regular cigarette smoke.

Lung injuries from tobacco use were seen 30 years down the line but with vaping it can be within 3 months, according to doctors. They are also concerned that the chemicals being used are not always disclosed by companies.

“At the end of the day, what we are seeing now is kind of what we were worried we were going to see. Vaping is not a safe alternative to tobacco use. There’s some studies saying that it actually helps people come out of cigarettes but again, these are injuries we are seeing in young people that aren’t tobacco users,” said Dr. Brian Curtis, Director of Physician Practice at OSF Healthcare.

Symptoms of lung injury include sore throat, chest pain, nausea and, vomiting. Doctor Curtis said people should stop vaping now.

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