Teenager Shares Gnarly Photos Of Collapsed Lung After Ripping Through A Juul Pod Every Couple Days For A Year

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It’s been quite some time since a vaping horror story has gone viral, as companies have moved swiftly to fix defections that have caused devices to literally blow up in peoples’ faces.

This story is equally, if not more, alarming because the problem isn’t a defective device, but a fully functioning one.

Chance Ammirata, an 18-year-old from Florida, nearly lost his life he was rushed to the emergency room to treat a collapsed lung, which he believes was the result of a year-and-a-half of Juuling.

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This whole experience is absolutely insane and life changing (disclaimer I don’t always look this bad just when I’m glued to the hospital bed for 8 days) I came into this experience completely negative mad at the world , and scared of how things were gonna turn out after my lung collapsed. But I decided to take this negative and completely find another meaning. I decided that spreading my story could help others not have to go through the same thing as me. One by one reading each message from every single one of you explaining how I was able to CHANGE YOUR MINDSET I was able to help you throw out your juul. Makes you realize enough is enough and that nicotine is rotting our brains and destroying our bodies. It overcame me with emotions. I’ve never been happier to make such a difference. My surgery to get my chest tube removed is scheduled in around 2/3 hours and I’m insanely nervous. But I want to make sure my story is always out there. And that the change doesn’t stop. Every day we need to fight to help not only ourselves but the ones we love put down the nicotine. This epidemic has taken enough. We don’t need more evidence telling us just how bad it is. How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop !? None should be the answer don’t take this with a grain of salt. And keep on pushing yourselves to take control of these cravings. I know it’s hard , and I know it will be a long one/2 weeks of getting over the addiction. But 1/2 weeks is so much more worth it than a lifetime of consequences. #lunglove #stopjuul #revolution #wewillmakeachange #wearenotcontrolled edit: hole* reference to third slide. (If you would like to support us please donate to our nonprofit www.lunglovefoundation.org where we are fighting to raise money in order to educate teens about the dangers of vaping.)

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Chance claimed he had ripped through a Juul pod every two days, and his habit caught up to him when he began experiencing pain in his side last Monday. He recalled having trouble sleeping, but chalked it up to a mysterious pulled muscle. He woke up the next day with the discomfort worsening, coming to a head when he arrived at school.

“I remember [my friend] made me laugh,” Ammirata told the Daily Mail, “and it felt like my chest was collapsing, like I was having a heart attack.”

That’s when Chance decided to go to the hospital, and within minutes, he was surrounded by a team of surgeons who worked to insert a tube into his lung to keep it inflated.

“When they did the actual major surgery to reinflate my lungs, the surgeon said, ‘Whatever you’ve been smoking has been leaving these black dots on your lungs,’ ” Chance said.

The surgeons, who successfully repaired the 18-year-old’s lung, told him that the black dots would take years to heal, if ever. He could also no longer do things he loved, like cross-country running, scuba diving, and traveling by plane.

Chance is now on the move to advocate people cease Juuling immediately, urging people to send him videos of themselves destroying their Juuls. It’s worked.

A Juul spokesperson responded to the viral story via the New York Post.

“At JUUL Labs, we have no higher priority than consumer safety. While we do not have any details about this alleged incident beyond what we have read in recent media reports, we have robust safety monitoring systems in place and will vigilantly monitor for any evidence of safety issues as we continue to combat youth usage and eliminate cigarettes, the number one cause of preventable death in the world.”

Is there anything that allows me to get a goddamn buzz on without endangering myself? Get your shit together, scientists.

[h/t New York Post]