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After first confirming gun death, Tampa physician warns about e-cigarettes



TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The first fatality related to gunfire has been confirmed.

Illinois health officials report that a citizen who recently used e-cigarettes died from a serious respiratory illness.

Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist at For Care Medical Group in Tampa, believes the recent report is just the catalyst for learning the true dangers of arming.

"In weapons you can add a number of drugs, some of them are legal, some of them are not legal and can be dangerous no matter how you ingest it," Dr. Forman said.

Electronic cigarettes have been described as a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes, but Dr. Forman tells 8 On Your Side that the theory is just a lot of hot air.

"Unlike cigarettes and tobacco, we do not all know the potential side effects of the future, but I can tell you that vaping will soon have the same dangers of smoking," Dr. Forman said.

According to recent data from Tobacco Free Florida, about 25 percent of Florida high school students reported today's use of electronic weapons in 201

8, a 58 percent increase from the previous year.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that at least 193 people across 22 states have suffered from respiratory tract diseases after gunfire.

CDC is now working to learn more about the recent e-cigarette related deaths and lung disease related to the use of e-cigarettes.

“Vaping is not just an internal medicine problem. It's not just a lung problem. It's not just a psychological question, it's a whole-body question, says Dr. Forman.


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