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Chronicle: Dangerous of Vaping


Chronicle: Dangerous of Vaping


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>> OMAHA’S NEWS LEADER CHRONICLING THE STORIES AND PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS KETV NEWSWATCH SEVEN’S CHRONICLE. HER DAVID: GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO CHRONICLE. I’M DAVID EARL. HEALTH OFFICIALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE SCRAMBLING FOR ANSWERS AS THE VAPING EPIDEMIC HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION REPOR CONFIRMED CASES OF ILLNESSES RELATED TO VAPING. AT LEAST 17 PEOPLE HAVE DIED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. IN IOWA, NEARLY TWO DOZEN PEOPLE ARE SICK, AND ANOTHER ELEVEN ARE AFFECTED IN NEBRASKA. LAST WEEK, NEBRASKA DHHS CONFIRMED THE FIRST DE RELATED TO VAPING IN THE STATE. 68-YEAR-OLD JOHN STEFFEN WAS A LIFE-LONG SMOKER WITH COPD AND EMPHYSEMA. ING NICOTINE CARTRIDGES FIVE YEARS AGO. IN MAY, HE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR PNEUMONIA AND DIED TEN DAYS LATER. THENE KATHLEEN GOT A CALL FROM DHHS, INFORMING HER THAT HER HUSBAND’S >> WHY DIDN’T IT LOOK LIKE A LIFETIME SMOKERS BAD LUNGS AND THEY SAID ITS DIFFERENT IT’S CLEARLY DIFFERENT. DAVID: A STATE DOCTOR SAID STEFFEN’S LUNGS SHOWED GROUND GLASS OPACITY, THAT IS A CONDITION THAT HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE LINKED TO VAPING. JOINING ME NOW IS JOHN’S WIFE KATHLEEN ANDTER DULCIA. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. TELL ME ABOUT JOHN WHAT WAS HE LIKE? — WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT JOHN? >> HE WAS A HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER. MUCH. HE WAS AN OUTDOORSMAN. HE GREW UP ON A FARM WHISTLED A LOT, PLAYED THE GUITAR. DAVID: I SEE YOU BROUGHT A SHADOWBOX. THOSE ARE GREAT MEMORIES OF YOUR DAD. >> THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING ABOUT HIS LIFE, FROM HIS TRACK RECORD, SOME METALS, THE LETTER HE RECEIVED IN HIGH SCHOOL FROM CEDAR CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. MUSIC NOTES, FLOWERS FROMA SUM BOX. DAVID: YOU HAD NO IDEA HIS DEATH WAS CONNECTED TO VAPING UNTIL YOU GOT THE CALL. TELL ME ABOUT THE CALL. >> I GOT A VOICEMAIL, WE MISSED EACH OTHER AND HE SAID I UNDERSTAND YOU’RE RELATED TO SOMEONE WHOSE DEATH MAY HAVE BEEN RELATED TO VAPING. I CALLED BACK AND SAID I DIDN’IN LIFELONG SMOKER, HE HAD COPD, AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PNEUMONIA. THEN I LEARNED AFTER 30 MINUTES THEY THOUGHT IT WAS.D THEY SAY A HOW CAN THEY TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIFETIME OF SMOKING AND FIVE YEARS OF VAPING? >>>> THEY TOLD ME ON A CT VACANCY PNEUMONIA IN ONE PART OF HIS LUNG, WHICH IS WHAT HE HAD BEEN TOLD BY HIS PRIMARY CARE. THEY COULD SEE THE EMPHYSEMA BUT THE SPACES IN BETWEEN ON ALL OF HIS LUNGS WAS COVERED WITH THE GROUND GLASS APPEARANCE. U WOULD FINDIN A LIFELONG SMOKER DAVID: YOUR DAD WAS A LIFELONG SMOKER. HOW DID HE FEEL ABOUT THE VAPING DID HE HAVE THE FEELING THAT ALT SMOKING? >> YES, HE PICKED UP VAPING TO TRY AND QUIT SMOKING YEARS AGO AND TAPER OFF. HE COULD NOT QUIT THE HABIT, BUT WE ALL ASSUMED IT WAS HEALTHIER, AND THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS MARKETED. A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE, NO SECONDHAND SMOKE. WE ASSUMED IT WAS HEALTHIER. DAVID: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DEVICE AND PRODUCTS HE WAS USING? VAPING PRODUCTS HE GOTTEN AT THE STORE? >> RIGHT. IN HIS C HE NEVER USED ANY THC OR REFILLED ITEMS. IT WAS ALWAYS SEALED, BOUGTORES. THAT’S WHAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW. IT WAS THE STUFF MONITORED AND CONTROLLED. IT STILL CAUSED THIS. DAVID: AS HE WAS VAPING FOR FIVE YEARS OR SO, WHAT WAS YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE PRODUCTS? YOU THOUGHT IT WAS ALTERNATIVE? >> RIGHT. AS MY DAUGHTER MENTIONED, NO SECONDHAND SMOKE. WE THOUGHT IT WAS BETTER FOR THE REST OF US. ALTHOUGH T OUT, BUT IT DIDN’T SMELL LIKE CIGARETTE SMOKE. WE DID THINK IT WAS SAFER FOR US AND HIM. DAVID: WE HEARD FROM A LOT O PEOPLE WHO ARE PASSIONATE IN THE VAPING COMMUNITY AFTER JOHN’S STORY. THEY ARGUED THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT HARMFUL OR ARE NOT FEELING THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTS. I WONDER WHAT YOWOULD WANT TO TELL THOSE PEOPLE. >> I WOULD SAY THAT WE REALLY YOU MAY FEEL FINE, AND MY HUSBAND USED TO SAY WHEN HE WAS STILL SMOKING “MY GRANDPA LIVED TO BE 80 AND SMOKED ALL HIS LIFE.” YES, THAT HAPPENS, BUT WE KNOW CIGARETTES ARE BAD. WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS. IT IS RISKIER IN SOME WAYS USING A PRODUCT TO BE SUCKING SOMETHING INTO YOUR LUNGS AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S DOING, OR IF IT IS DOING SOMETHING, WHY OR HOW IT’S DOING IT. >> WE ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO START THE RESEARCH INTO THIS. THEY JUST KNOW CONNECTED HIS DEFROM MAY. AS THE DOCTORS IN THE STATE AND EVERYONE ELSE START RESEARCHING, WE WILL FIND MOR THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE RESEARCH DONE ON WHAT IT’S DOING, WHO IT IS AFFECTING. DAVID: THE OUTCOMES OF SMOKING ARE PRETTY WELL KNOWN. I WONDER IF YOU THINK JOHN WOU HAVE BEEN SAFER CONTINUING TO SMOKE? QUESTION. IT HAS CROSSED MY MIND. THAT’S THE PROBLEM. WE DON’T KNOW. A LOT OF THE PUBLICITY THAT WE HEAR IS ABOUT YOUNGER, MOSTLY MEHO USE THC. HE DID NOT. AS I HAVE READ ABOUT OTHER CASES OF DEATHS, THEY TEND TO BE OLDER MEN. DAVID: I THINK THAT IS THE REMARKABLE THING. THIS HAPPENED IN A CASE WHERDUCT BOUGHT FROM A STORE THAT WASCOTI ALTERNATIVE. NO BLACK-MARKET PRODUCTS OR >> NOTHING, NO ALTERNATIVE FILLERS OF ANY KIND. THAT’S THE MESSAGE FOR ANYBODY WHO IS VAPING AND THINKS IT IS SAFE. WE JUST DON’T KNOW. >> I WONDER IF YOU HAVE THOUGH ABOUT WHAT A SOLUTION MIGHT BE. DO YOU WANT SOME KIND OF ACTIONA BETTER WARNING LABELS? >> I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD BE BANNED, UNLESS WE CAN PROVE BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT IT IS VERY DANGEROUTROLLED IT SHOULD HAVE MORE WARNING WE NEED TO DO MORE RESEARCH. WE DIDN’T KNOW THAT THERE COULD BE CANCER AND ALL OF THESE LUNG PROBLEMS. WE ARE FOLLOWING THE SAME PROCESS WE DID YEARS AGO WITH OTHER THINGS. I WANT TO SEE MORE RESEARCH DONE AND HEALTHIER PRODUCTS CREATED. MORE WARNINGS. JUST A BETTER EDUCATION ALL AROUND. >> ESPECIALLY FOR TE >> I HAVE THREE TEENAGERS. I WATCH TEENAG THE IN THE WORLD VAPING. I WOULD HATE FOR MY DAUGHTER TO HAVE JUST LOST GRANDPA AND END UP HAVING A FRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL. THESE KIDS THAT DON’T KNOW AS MUCH, THEY THINK IT IS COOL. DAVID: WHAT HAS THAT CONVERSATION BEEN LIKE? WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT? >> IT IS NICOTINE, IT IS ADDICTIVE, AND WITHOUT ALL OF THE RECENT OUTBREAKS, IT IS NOT AS SAFE. STAY AWAY FROM IT. MY KIDS HAVE BEEN TALKING TO THEIR FRIENDS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO STOP AND ARE HELPING SHARE OUR STORY. DAVID: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THIS MORNING ON THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC AND SHARING STILL AHEAD. NEW CHANGES IN VAPING LEGISLATION ACROSS AMERICA. WE’LL HAVE MORE ON WHAT LAWMAKERCHANGE. PLUS, A LOCAL DOCTOR WEIGHS IN ON THE IMPACTS OF VAPING. YOU’RE WATCHING KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S CHRONI

Chronicle: Dangerous of Vaping


Health officials across the country are scrambling for answer as the vaping health epidemic escalates.KETV NewsWatch 7’s David Earl sits down with a family who knows firsthand the deadly impact that vaping can have — plus a local doctor discusses how you can protect yourself.

Health officials across the country are scrambling for answer as the vaping health epidemic escalates.

KETV NewsWatch 7’s David Earl sits down with a family who knows firsthand the deadly impact that vaping can have — plus a local doctor discusses how you can protect yourself.



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