VIDEO! Student journalist shares story of vaping addiction

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.--The Centers for Disease Control says, doctors have diagnosed more than 2,000 people with vaping illnesses in the U.S.

While some cases are linked to tainted vaping products, the CDC is still investigating other causes.

At least 40 people have died in 24 states. Government and healthcare officials are calling on people to avoid vaping. But are they really going to do that?

WCN's Haley Bedalota shares her very personal account of her efforts to kick the vaping habit.

BEDALOTA: I’m one of many students you’ll find at Westminster who uses Juul or other vaping products. I started because a lot of my friends were doing it—and I liked it.   I never thought I’d be the person to become addicted.  And now I know I need to quit—and I know it could kill me.

When you inhale--- it feels like the stress in your life goes away for a second.  But it’s an expensive habit. A pack of pods is 12-bucks.  And I spend about 72-dollars a month. 

And the science is there to prove it’s unhealthy. So I want to quit.

At the campus wellness center, Melissa Baron says the lung injuries are reason enough to stop using these products.

BARONS: There are too many unknowns, and it’s just not safe.

BEDALOTA: Baron is also a mother—and recently found out one of her children is vaping.

BARONS: I was angry. I am having talked to my kids about the dangers of smoking and the addictiveness of nicotine.  It's a very addictive drug.  There's certainly the other dangers of cigarette smoking. But nicotine is not good for you.

BEDALOTA:  I would be very upset if I found out my little cousin was vaping.  And I know that makes me sound like a hypocrite.  But I'm going to try to quit.  We jus don't know what the long-term effects of vaping.  I don't know what kind of damage it could cause me in 10 or 20 years.  From the WCN newsroom, I'm Haley Bedalota.

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