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Reporting by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley

As of five days ago, Alabama has reported 16 cases of potential vaping-related illnesses with an additional 800 cases across the nation.

The age group with the most reported health incidents are the 18- to 34-year-olds. Vaping can be especially critical for those under 25 years old because it could impair brain development.

Symptoms include memory loss, shortened attention deficits, intense coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Vape shops are now required to have a tobacco license before selling to ensure they are being safer to buyers.
Melanie Dickens, a Food and Drug Administration inspector and Alabama Youth Tobacco Coordinator, said one juul JUUL pod is equal to a pack of cigarettes. She said young adults should stay away.

“Students and the teens and young adults, this is dangerous,” Dickens said. “It’s a newer product. You don’t know what you’re getting because it’s not regulated. It’s not being told what is in there.”

If anyone is experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, call 1-800-QUITNOW. At this line, those struggling with addiction can receive nicotine replacement therapy options and alternatives.

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