Health Team

Moore County teen sounds alarm about vaping and e-cigarettes

Posted September 18, 2019 6:17 p.m. EDT
Updated September 18, 2019 6:28 p.m. EDT

— A Moore County teen who started vaping a year ago is speaking out about the dangers of the habit now that his health is deteriorating as a result.

A doctor told Raymond Moore, who is 16, that his lungs resemble those of a 70-year-old person since the teen took up vaping.

"You're friends think its' cool," he said. "It's not cool."

Raymond says he started smoking cigarettes when he was 13 years old, but switched to e-cigs last year.

"You always see people blowing rings," he said.

Moore said he has concluded that vaping is a habit he wishes he never started because of some negative health impacts caused by his almost nonstop vaping.

"I was steady," he said. "I was walking around every which way steadily hitting my vape."

Moore's diagnosis hasn't been confirmed by a doctor due to health care privacy rules.

But he says he will share the results of some of his testing he'll have done next week.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating cases of severe lung disease that is linked to vaping.

So far, 28 cases have been reported by North Carolina residents who range in age from 16 to 72.

"Finally about a month ago, I had to lay my vape down," Moore said. "I was heaving, gagging. I couldn't  even breathe. I just wish I would have known a vape could have done (this) before I started vaping."