Doctors say it almost cost him his life.
"I liked how it tasted. It tastes like donuts," said 15-year-old Zane Martin from his hospital bed at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.
"But no more. It's really bad for you."
Martin said he first started vaping only a few months ago when a friend from a local skate park introduced him to him. His symptoms began with difficulty breathing and only from there they got worse.
"The next day I tried to get up to take a bath and couldn't stand on my own," Martin said. "It felt like it was going to collapse."
His mother told him that in a few days he had gone from a perfectly healthy boy to a medically induced coma. Doctors said his condition was life-threatening.
"When he came in, it was so close that he almost had to go to a heart and lung machine," said Dr. Jui Shaw of Loma Linda Children's Hospital, who said she believed inflammation in his lungs is caused by electronic vaping.
"Disease control centers consider vaping as a new epidemic," Shaw said. "They ask doctors to report these cases to collect data."
Shaw said she saw about a dozen hospital cases, probably related to vaping.
Martin hopes to be out of the hospital within a week, but there is potentially another month of rehabilitation. If there's anything good that comes from this episode, Zane Martin said many of his friends have given up on vaping.
"It's very bad. I tell everyone else not to do it unless you want to end up in the hospital the way I am and I'm pretty sure you don't want to do eight surgeries.
" It doesn't feel good. "
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