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Only a double lung transplant saved him. Now lives to warn of the risks of electronic cigarettes

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“All of your dreams and plans can change if you continue to use electronic cigarettes”. Who warns is Daniel Ament, 17 years old. And you know what you’re talking about. The young man from Detroit, Michigan, was on the verge of death after developing a serious lung disease related to electronic cigarettes and the associated vaporization. In October, the diagnosis was “imminent death”. He underwent a double lung transplant that saved his life. Now, four months after the surgery, he decided to tell his story to alert other young people about the dangers posed by vaping.

“It is so dangerous, it is not worth it. They must stop”, warns Daniel Ament in statements to the BBC News Brasil. Still recovering, this young American man now aims to alert other young people to the dangers of electronic cigarettes and the substances associated with them. He goes to schools and even created an association that helps those who want to quit smoking.

Healthy and a regular sport player – he liked swimming, running and sailing –, this young man’s life changed radically when he decided to do like many of his friends and smoke electronic cigarettes.

A few months after starting to smoke, his health deteriorated to such an extent that got irreversible damage to the lungs, muscle atrophy and lost 18 kilos.

The lesions identified were similar to those of bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He stayed two and a half months in the hospital. Doctors had little hope that he would survive, but a compatible donor changed the story of this young man.

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