After vaping-related illness, teen now has lungs like ‘a 70-year-old’s’

Adam Hergenreder’s vaping habit almost killed him. Late last month, the 18-year-old student athlete in Gurnee, Illinois, was hospitalized after using e-cigarettes for more than a year and a half. Now his lungs are similar to those of a 70-year-old adult, doctors told him. “It was scary to think about that — that little device did that to my lungs,” Adam said, remembering the news from his doctors about his lung health. Adam is among the hundreds of e-cigarette users in the United States who have been sickened with mysterious…

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