Chance Ammira, an 18-year-old freshman at Florida International University in Miami, smoked up his first Juul almost two years ago. The teen revealed that he would never smoke a regular cigarette. “I’ve never smoked cigarettes. It’s the Juul.” Chance said.
But, Juul pods actually do contain addictive nicotine. With time, he vaped about one Juul pod every two days, roughly the equivalent of 10 cigarettes-worth of nicotine a day.
“Everyone was doing it… and the problem was no one was saying they were addicted, just using it occasionally when they were stressed, so it was different from a cigarette,” Chance said.
PLEASE RETWEET THIS IS EFFECTING THE WORLD AND WE ARE THE ONES WHO CAN EFFECT CHANGE. DO NOT STOP SHARING SAVE LIVES. I WILL BE THE EXAMPLE IF IT MEANS NO ONE ELSE NEEDS TO BE ! pic.twitter.com/AeYBPT9fUS
— Chance Ammirata (@Chanceammirata) August 5, 2019
“Cigarettes are totally disgusting garbage, but when it came to Juul, [people thought], Juul is perfect, there are no health repercussions, nothing bad can happen.” He further added.
However, recently, Chance started to feel sick and uncomfortable. He revealed that he struggled to sleep because his left side was painful.
While out bowling with a friend, he was faced with an unexpected medical emergency. “I remember she made me laugh and it felt like my chest was collapsing, like I was having a heart attack.” He told the DailyMail.
Chance was immediately rushed to the hospital. A team of doctors informed him that there was a hole in his left lung and it had collapsed. The teen was almost dead.
Right away Chance underwent emergency surgery to restore his lung, and the doctors revealed that smoking was the cause.
While operating, the doctors also saw a series of black dots on his lungs which Chance believes were caused by his mint Juul pods.
“When they did the actual major surgery to reinflate my lungs, the surgeon said, ‘whatever you’ve been smoking has been leaving these black dots on your lungs,’” Chance said. “Juul is really manipulating it like it’s okay, and it’s not and there’s not enough evidence, but I feel like it’s my responsibility as a victim to let people know it isn’t safe.”
The surgeons repaired the hole in his lung, but the black dots could take years to disappear – if they ever disappear at all.
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This whole experience is absolutely insane and life changing (disclaimer I don’t always look this bad just when I’m glued to the hospital bed for 8 days) I came into this experience completely negative mad at the world , and scared of how things were gonna turn out after my lung collapsed. But I decided to take this negative and completely find another meaning. I decided that spreading my story could help others not have to go through the same thing as me. One by one reading each message from every single one of you explaining how I was able to CHANGE YOUR MINDSET I was able to help you throw out your juul. Makes you realize enough is enough and that nicotine is rotting our brains and destroying our bodies. It overcame me with emotions. I’ve never been happier to make such a difference. My surgery to get my chest tube removed is scheduled in around 2/3 hours and I’m insanely nervous. But I want to make sure my story is always out there. And that the change doesn’t stop. Every day we need to fight to help not only ourselves but the ones we love put down the nicotine. This epidemic has taken enough. We don’t need more evidence telling us just how bad it is. How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop !? None should be the answer don’t take this with a grain of salt. And keep on pushing yourselves to take control of these cravings. I know it’s hard , and I know it will be a long one/2 weeks of getting over the addiction. But 1/2 weeks is so much more worth it than a lifetime of consequences. #lunglove #stopjuul #revolution #wewillmakeachange #wearenotcontrolled edit: hole* reference to third slide