Health experts say many do not know vaping products contain nicotine.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local experts held a virtual meeting on Friday to remind people about the dangers of vaping.

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They say e-cigarettes can release dangerous chemicals and even metal particles into a person’s lungs, causing heart and lung disease.

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A single vape cartridge can contain the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

“You may go through a couple of those in a day not releasing what you just inhaled is equivalent to about three packs of cigarettes, which is frightening for parents to realize,” said UPMC Respiratory Therapist Carmen Allmond. “If the kids don’t realize it, that’s what’s happening.”

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The CDC says two thirds of high school and college-aged students do not know that vape cartridges contain nicotine.