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More Young People Are Being Hospitalized For Vaping Effects

Three states recently saw dozens of people being hospitalized due to severe breathing problems. Doctors believe all cases were linked to vaping but they have yet to determine how the device caused such medical conditions. 

Health officials confirmed 12 patients were hospitalized in Wisconsin, six in Illinois and four in Minnesota. Doctors said majority of the patients were young adults who admitted to using e-cigarette devices that contained nicotine and the marijuana ingredient THC. 

However, officials said it remains unclear what triggered breathing problems in the patients.

"We know there are certain characteristics in common with these cases, but we have not been able to get to the bottom of exactly what aspect of the vaping habit or product or solvent or oil is causing the injury," Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children's Minnesota, told NBC News

Four of the patients initially appeared with a bad respiratory infection, like pneumonia. But their conditions progressed to “significant difficulty” in breathing and increased lung distress after receiving treatments, Chapman said.

"They've ended up needing our intensive care unit and in some cases assistance with their breathing," the doctor added. Similar situations were reported by hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.

One of the patients was Dylan Nelson of Burlington, Wisconsin. The 26-year-old reportedly started to experience breathing problems after using his new vape cartridge. 

Doctors said Nelson’s condition rapidly progressed within a day. The patient’s lungs were filled with fluid and was required to be in a medically induced coma. 

Nelson was not the only patient to suffer from breathing difficulties because of e-cigarettes. All the patients in Wisconsin confirmed vaping prior to their hospitalization, according to Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

Doctors have yet to determine if the device or e-liquids the patients used were contaminated. But any e-cigarette can harm teenagers, according to Christy Sadreameli, a pediatric pulmonologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She explained that the lungs of teenagers are still developing, which increases their risk of developing health problems because of chemicals used in vapes. 

"These incidents raise serious concerns and underscore why the FDA should be reviewing e-cigarettes and determining their health impact before they are allowed on the market," the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said in a statement.

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