Man Nearly Dies After Vaping From Illegal Vape

This 26-years-old man bought a dodgy cartridge with THC off the street

Man Nearly Dies After Vaping From Illegal Vape
Man Nearly Dies After Vaping From Illegal Vape

Man Nearly Dies After Vaping From Illegal Vape

A 26-year-old man from Wisconsin (US) was taken to hospital struggling to breathe after vaping from an illegal vape. He is being hospitalized and remains in a coma. Initially, the doctors thought he had pneumonia. After medical examination, they realized he was suffering from lung damage after vaping THC from a dodgy vape device he bought from a street dealer.

Man Nearly Dies After Vaping From Illegal Vape
Man Nearly Dies After Vaping From Illegal Vape

His bother, Patrick DeGrave, explained to Fox 6 News that he bought a cartridge containing THC. “These street vapes are very, very dangerous. My brother nearly lost his life.” DeGrave also said that the trauma caused to his lungs and heart was significant. “Within 24 hours he was medically sedated and put in medically-induced coma,” he stated.

Fox News Blames Vaping

Fox 6 news blames this sad case on vaping. “A victim of vaping has been hospitalized after he became sick from vaping,” states the Fox 6 news anchor in this video.

However, vaping itself has nothing to do with the damage caused to this 26-years-old man. In fact, there is no further investigation yet about the THC this cartridge was supposed to have.

Needless to say that you should always purchase your vape gear and e-liquids from authorized vendors and reputable brands, and never from a street dealer. Especially if the cartridge contains illegal substances. So why blaming vaping?

US Authorities Declared War on Vaping

Vaping has been shown to help smokers quit, as seen in a recent New England Journal of Medicine study by the U.K.’s National Institute for Health Research and Cancer Research. However, some politicians and health organizations in the US has declared war on vaping.

In fact, there are organized campaigns against vaping. The FDA is focusing their efforts on youth prevention. With campaigns such as “The Real Cost.” EAA – cigs, and particularly the JUUL, already surpassed combustible cigarettes. As the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use.

Youth vaping did rise recently according to national surveys. One University of Michigan survey asking middle and high school students if they used vaping products over the past 30 days found increases across the board between 2017 and 2018 — from 3.5 percent to 6 percent for eighth graders, 8.2 percent to 16.1 percent for 10th graders, and 11 percent to 20.9 percent for 12th graders.

US Authorities Declared War on Vaping Continued

These numbers are discouraging at first glance, but in the context of long-term tobacco trends, the FDA’s war on vaping is very hypocritical.

Roughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old, a U.S. study suggests. One in three e-cigarette users are vaping daily, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. This trend has a direct impact in cigarette smoking that has fallen to its lowest point in recorded history. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 1991 and 2001, teen smoking rates of traditional cigarettes hovered near 30 percent according to the same University of Michigan study. Yet there were no calls to ban cigarettes as a category altogether, like there are now for vaping products.

In this context, US media seem to be discouraging people from vaping by publishing scary news that often misinform. Vape products exploding is a good example of this misinformation. This case also illustrates how media try to relate vaping with the consumption of dodgy substances bought off the street illegally. Give a dog a bad name and hang him…

Alfonso Melero

Alfonso Melero

Content creator and marketer. Originally from Spain, I lived a few years in Scotland and China where I started to work for the vaping industry. Vaping is not only a profession for me but also a passion. I quit smoking thanks to vaping almost 3 years ago. I helped many smokers to switch to vaping since as I am convinced vaping is a much healhier alternative to tobbaco smoking.