Teen Develops Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Three Weeks After Beginning E-Cigarette Use

CNN reported that a case study published in the journal Pediatrics examined an 18-year-old Pennsylvanian woman who was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, “an inflammation of the lungs due to an allergic reaction to chemicals or dust,” three weeks after beginning to use an e-cigarette. The woman suffered respiratory failure, was placed on a respirator, and needed tubes to drain fluid from both lungs. Dr. Casey Sommerfeld, the patient’s pediatrician and co-author of the study, “said chemicals in the e-cigarettes led to lung damage and inflammation, which triggered the woman’s body to mount an immune response.”

For those of you who have chosen to go the “vaping” route, it’s not without risks, both from a dental and general health standpoint. As more people try this out as an alternative to smoking, the more likely we will see the negative effects of “vaping”.

Remember, everything has its costs, so keep yourself informed.