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18-Year-Old Who Vaped for 18 Months Now Has Lungs of a 70-Year-Old

September 16, 2019
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
An 18-year-old in Illinois who vaped for 18 months says doctors told him he now has the lungs of a 70-year-old man. "It was scary to think about that. That little device did that to my lungs," Adam Hergenreder tells CNN after he was hospitalized late last month. "I was a varsity wrestler before this and I might not ever be able to wrestle because that's a very physical sport and my lungs might not be able to hold that exertion...It's sad." This week, the Trump Administration said it would move to ban flavored e-cigarettes, as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement, "We are seeing an absolute surge in high school and middle school kids using these flavored products." Meanwhile, the CDC reports there are believed to be more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with using e-cigarettes nationwide, as well as six confirmed deaths.