PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Cameron Collier, 20, remains hospitalized for a sudden illness that he believes is associated with the continued use of electronic cigarettes, including THC.
"It's kind of silly, but I've been vaper for over a year and just in the last few weeks, even a month, maybe all of these symptoms started to add up," Collier said.
Collier says he did not smoke cigarettes before vaping, and because of his popularity with friends, he began using electronic cigarettes.
"I also had THC vape. I would test them every day, all day long, because I really didn't know the harm in it, "Collier says. [1
"The battery that actually burns the oil can be purchased at any gas station, but the actual oil has to go through people you go through," Collier said of buying the product.
According to the CDC, There have been 450 reported cases of pulmonary disease nationwide, closer to home, Summit County Public Health has urged people to stop vaping this week because of fears of illness.
"My biggest fear is that of respiratory his system is longer and, as far as we know, it can be irreversible, "said Jennifer Collier outside her son's hospital room.
Hospitalized Saturday, Collier says he is not sure how serious his condition is, but there is a message for anyone who uses it.
"I want everyone to stop," he said. "Let them know the real dangers."
According to the CDC, four e-cigarette deaths have been confirmed.
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