CDC investigating 90+ severe lung illnesses possibly associated with vaping in US

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GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) --- "We do need to concern ourselves with the long term side effects might be in terms of respiratory side effects particularly with patients with chronic respiratory issues and other side effects," said Dr. Dan Urbine, a pulmonologist at UF Shands and VA hospital.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US 94 cases of severe lung illnesses possibly associated with vaping has been reported since the end of June.

"I dive like go scuba diving and snorkeling and it affects my breathing so it does," said Austin Bowman, Gainesville resident.

Dr. Urbine says the connection between vaping and lung illnesses is yet to be determined.

"We really lack evidence in terms of what the long term effects of vaping are, however vaping itself remember when we're talking about vaping we're talking about nicotine, this is in itself addictive," said Dr. Urbine.

"I tried it just because I was curious and wanted to see what it was all about, but I don't want to be addicted to nicotine," said Oliver Biggs, UF freshman.

The CDC is now urging all doctors to report possible cases to their local health department.

"Your lungs are made to breathe in oxygen and then you know just let it out and I just feel like when put anything else in there that's not technically supposed to be there I feel like it will harm you that's how I feel," said Bellenda Fertil, UF freshman/

"I have nothing against it, but of course if someone doesn't know about the consequences, they really need to take the time to educated themselves to make the decision to continue or not continue vaping," MaryAnne Long, UF grad student."

The CDC is investigating each reported case. More information can e found under Related Links tab.