By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local experts held a virtual meeting on Friday to remind people about the dangers of vaping.READ MORE: Police Surround Home In Moon Township
They say e-cigarettes can release dangerous chemicals and even metal particles into a person’s lungs, causing heart and lung disease.READ MORE: Woman Charged In Connection With Shooting Death Of 18-Year-Old North Hills Graduate Ahmir Tuli
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.”MORE NEWS: 19-Year-Old Worker Dies On Neville Island After Falling 50-60 Feet Off Roof
The CDC says two thirds of high school and college-aged students do not know that vape cartridges contain nicotine.