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Local vapers, health officials, strive to save lives by different methods

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Published on September 26, 2019 -

Local vapers, health officials, strive to save lives by different methods

As national health officials predict hundreds of new vaping-related illnesses, local vape shop owners are struggling with how they fit into the new picture of health.

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Local vapers, health officials, strive to save lives by different methods

News at 6" health officials say they expect the number of people with vaping-related illnesses to grow by the hundreds.

Thanks for joining us, i'm renee mcullough.

And i'm matt templeman.

As kezi 9 news reporter chris lueneburg shows us, everybody wants to save lives, but local vape shop owners are at odds with experts about how to approach the solution.

Local vape shops are feeling the heat from non-stop news of vaping- related illnesses "eric pinnell/oregon vape society: misinformation, things like that is really starting to impact people in the negative."

It's still unclear what substance is causing the illnesses "it seems like they are siding with, 'i don't know.

Just get rid of it."

Although third party additives users can add to their liquid like vitamin e acetate are a suspect.

"experts say even manufactured vaporizor pods like this one from juul can be taken apart to put any liquid inside."

Vapers are quick to point at additives and black market vape products as the cause- "jeff armendariz/kickit vapor i think they'll find in the end that it has a lot to do with people not knowing what they are doing, just dumping stuff into cartridges and trying to make money and not caring about the consequences."

Experts say additives could very well be behind the latest outbreak of illnesses, but not enough is known.

"marc t.

Braverman, ph.d.: anyone who says we have a handle on what's causing these deaths is incorrect.

Scientists and health officials simply don't know what kind of long-term damage."

Local vapers also say suggested solutions could encourage people to add substances to their vape liquid- and outright bans could push people to smoke.

Experts aren't so sure.

"they're designed to really quckly deliver nicotine.

It's resulted an increased number of young people using tobacco products that probably never would have started in the first place."

What everyone can agree on- the need to save lives.

"when it comes to someone's life it's never an overreaction."

I'm chris lueneburg kezi 9 news.

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