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A 16-year-old male asked:

I have vaped a couple of times with my friends mainly this summer around 20 times or so, and 40 days ago i started having shortness of breath and chest pains. went to the doctor and they said my lungs sounded normal. could i have lung cancer? im 16

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Dr. James Bucci
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Short of breath: lung cancer is not the first thing that comes to mind. I do think seeing a pulmonologist is indicated. This could be a form of asthma. If your breathing or chest pains get worse then go to the emergency department where some tests might be done and give you an answer.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
STOP vaping !!!!!: Doubt cancer at your age. E- cigarettes may contain volatile organic compounds, heavy metals (like lead, tin & nickel), ultrafine particles (which may be drawn deep into lungs), diacetyl & Nicotine which is addictive. REF: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/ Electronic cigarettes may harm health - especially in young people.

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Last updated Sep 18, 2019

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