Dangers of Vaping: 17-year-old undergoes double lung transplant

Vaping is a huge issue in society today, especially for adolescents. Vaping was created in order to help people to stop smoking cigarettes, as it is a healthier alternative. However, many adolescents do not vape for this reason. Recently, the dangers of vaping have been exposed in the media. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “E-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury, also referred to as EVALI, has sickened more than 2,000 people in the U.S.” On top of this, there is not much known about the long term effects vaping can have on people.  


This article describes the horrific story of a healthy 17-year-old boy in Detroit who started having difficulty breathing and was eventually taken to the hospital. Because of his vaping habits, his lungs were not functioning properly, and he needed a double lung transplant. How can we convince these adolescents to stop vaping? What can state governments do to stop people from vaping?