KMBC 9: Kansas City hospitals see vaping-related lung problems
By Emily Holwock
There are now more than 200 reports of lung disease linked to vaping nationwide, and many patients are teens and young adults.
Kansas City hospitals are also seeing cases.
Dr. Alvin Singh said it's a dangerous misconception to think if you're vaping, it's water vapor and it is fine.
What many think is a harmless habit is putting young people in the hospital.
“It's a myriad of chemicals combined with flavorings that are also certain chemicals, particularly aldehydes that are heated at about 350 to 400 degrees,” Singh said.
Singh, who is a pulmonologist at Children's Mercy Hospital, explained that vaping can cause “fluid in the lungs, needing chest tubes to get rid of that fluid, needing a ventilator to breathe.”
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