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Special Coverage: Vaping crisis spreading across Wisconsin

Posted at 7:05 AM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 19:37:50-05

The health risks of vaping have dominated headlines locally and nationally as adults and children are finding themselves in the ICU with complications after using these products.

We're spending an entire day of newscasts breaking down this issue in Southeast Wisconsin to find out why people decide to vape, and what is making people sick.

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We sat down with doctors at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin and at Children's Wisconsin, as well as experts at UW-Milwaukee and a local school district trying to get out in front of this craze.

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Across the board, they told us they are concerned about a number of things revolving this trend and say people, especially children, should not vape.

Special Coverage: Vaping crisis spreading across Wisconsin

Some vapes told us they have seen the dangers in the news, but have no plans to stop.

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And a local shop owner has even released an advertisement telling users to make sure they know what they're buying before they vape.

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In the stories linked above, we examine what vaping products actually do to the human body, and what's in a vape.

We also talk with a former vaper who now smokes cigarettes more than he did previously.

We sit down with local doctors who sounded the alarm for the entire country when a number of children found themselves in the ICU, and an area school principal about how their school is targeting teenage vape use.

Here's what local schools are doing to combat Wisconsin's growing vaping crisis

If you need help quitting vaping, smoking or other nicotine products, you can call the Wisconsin Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for additional resources.