Vape shop owner said vape illnesses are linked to illegal products

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- For months now health officials have warned about the potential dangers of using e-cigarettes. Now hundreds of people across the country have become sick with a severe lung illness, and it’s being linked to vaping. In Bowling Green a vape shop owner is now reacting to the news.

A handful of victims of the illness have died according to public health officials. The majority of those affected have been young people in their teens and early 20s.

The Food and Drug Administration is now warning people of the potential dangers of vaping, specifically those who vape THC.

Sam freeman at Remedy Vapor in Bowling Green said there’s much more to this story.

“We now know that regular nicotine vaporizers coming from vape shops are not the reason that this is happening. It’s coming from illegal, black market THC cartridges that of course are sold on the streets. So, to lump all this in together is very disingenuous,” said Freeman

Freeman also said the news of the lung illness, and it’s link to vaping in general, has caused concern from some of his customers. Signs of the illness include nausea, vomiting, fever and escalating shortness of breath.