Dr. Junaid Khan
While the number of people believed to be suffering from vaping-related illnesses continues to rise, medical scans showing the damage the smoking-alternatives could be causing have emerged.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that at least 450 possible cases of vaping-related illnesses had been reported across the US in this year alone.
This follows news Donald Trump is calling on the FDA to enforce an outright ban on vaping and e-cigarette products.
Last week, Dr Dana Meaney-Delman of the CDC said, as per Insider:
While the investigation is ongoing, CDC has advised that individuals consider not using e-cigarettes, because as of now, this is the primary means of preventing the severe lung disease.
At this stage its still unknown what is causing the life-threatening lung issues associated with vaping, however Its believed they occur within days or weeks of people using e-cigarettes, however some people have reported using e-cigs for years before ever falling ill.
Now, doctors and researchers have released images of lungs which are believed to have been damaged by vaping, along with suggestions from experts on what could be going on.
A teenager in California had a blister removed from a collapsed lung after using a marijuana vape he bought at a concert, according to reports.
As per Insider, Junaid Khan, a heart and lung surgeon from Oakland, California, completed the 18-year-olds surgery.
He said the patient suffered a collapsed lung, or pneumothorax in medical terms, which occurs when air leaks into the space between the chest wall and the lung, making it hard to breathe.
Although he had a hunch the injury was related to the device, he told the publication, I cant prove to you this was related to vaping.