State health officials say vaping can be dangerous

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - A Pennsylvania teen was rushed to the emergency room after developing wet lung from vaping for only three weeks.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker spoke with state health officials to find out what dangers can come with smoking e-cigarettes.

What are the side effects to vaping?

Dr. Eden Wells from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says some people can have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in vapes.

Those reactions can include acute respiratory distress issues like wet lung.

“It causes a lot of leaking of fluid out of the capillaries in the lung”, said Dr. Wells.

“What it means is that we're inhaling a lot of different chemicals into the lungs. Now, are they as many or as severe as what a normal cigarette is, no…but that does not mean that the e-cigarette is without chemicals that can be harmful.”

Dr. Wells says she does not recommend vaping for non-smokers, but says it might be a helpful option for traditional smokers.

New research shows one in seven U.S. adults have tried electronic cigarettes.