Vaping issue: safe or in need of study?

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The Trump Administration Wednesday said it would propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. This, as an investigation continues into an outbreak of breathing problems believed tied to vaping, some reportedly resulting in deaths.


The owner of a local vaping shop says some have mixed in illegal substances while vaping. Aaron Westfall, owner of Elite Vapors in Vienna, says his business wants to make sure no illegal substances are used.

"We want to open our store up and have parents come in, if they find their child or family member with something they can't identify. Bring it to us, let us see it; we'll tell you what it is."

Westfall adds the store does not sell vaping products to minors.

But a physician at WVU Medicine Camden Clark urges people to be careful in the use of e-cigarettes while an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control continues.

"It is not very clear what exactly is contributing to the cause," says Dr. Abiy Kelil, Pulmonology Physician. "While it is under investigation, I think we have to patiently wait. My advice is to be cautious."

But Westfall says he has no doubts.

"I have been vaping for seven years; I have never been sick or had a vaping-related illness. I think, for nicotine delivery, it's as safe as it possibly can be."