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To Vape Or Not To Vape? That Is The Question! No One Has A Better Answer For It Than A Teenager, Now A Recovering Vapist! RE@L Reposts His Story.

by | Feb 23, 2020 | RE@L StudentCorner | 0 comments

RE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYK-300x127MOAI/RE@L recently released their new LearningProduct, “1Up On Vaping.”

Middle Schools in four states will be able to purchase and access this powerful, new product that helps young students decide what to do.

Your school can order 1UpOn Vaping, too. Click here and scroll to the bottom to place your school’s order. TeacherGuide resources come with it!Print

Click on the graphic to the right for our previous R@LBlog on this question of vaping.

Thanks to Yahoo News™ and “Good Morning, America!” for this powerful, anti-vaping story today! It’s a life or death story! Their comprehensive reports follow:

“A teenage boy whose lungs were damaged by vaping is on the mend after a life-saving surgery. Now he’s speaking out and warning other teens to stop vaping.

200131_gma_faris3_0813_hpMain_16x9_608Vaping is a dangerous national epidemic among teenagers according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Daniel Ament, 17, was one of those teens who used the popular e-cigarettes.

“It started off just whenever I’d be with my friends,” Ament told “Good Morning America.” “On the weekends, like hanging out. I would just hit those.”

MORE: High school senior sounds the alarm on teen ‘juuling’ trend with eye-opening video

Ament said he began vaping in December of 2018, using the popular flavored cartridges and occasional THC pods, and would even take hits of the e-cigarettes at lunch with friends.

In early September of 2019, Ament said he started feeling ill. “I had a really bad headache,” he said. “That was my main thing. And I just felt really sick.”

His mom, Tammy, who talks to her kids about the dangers of vaping, had a hunch that his sickness was vaping-related. Tammy recalled the moment that she was driving him to the hospital.

“On the way to the hospital, I said, ‘Are we still going with the fact that you’ve never vaped or that you don’t vape?’ And he said, ‘Maybe this summer.’”

“It’s really frustrating,” she added. “I know that the kids. I think they cover for each other.” MORE: My son was hospitalized for a vaping-related lung injury. Here’s my plea to parents .

Ament came clean about his vaping habits when he was finally admitted to the hospital, and there his ability to breathe rapidly declined. The 17-year-old was put on life support for 29 days and doctors told his family that death was imminent.

“That still hasn’t processed,” said Ament. “I don’t remember it, it’s really hard to believe that that happened. But the doctors told me — everyone’s told me that one day they said he has a ten percent chance to live. And I can’t imagine what my friends and family were thinking.”

200131_gma_faris_0813_hpMain_16x9_608Ament ended up receiving a double lung transplant to save his life, and was given a second chance.

Across the country, over 2,700 people have been hospitalized due to vaping-related illnesses and 60 have died in just the last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of the deaths have been linked to THC and a chemical called vitamin E acetate, but experts are still unsure of the cause.

Now, Ament is grappling with how vaping changed his life forever.

“It just didn’t make sense,” said Ament. “Why didn’t it happen to other people that had been vaping for years? Why didn’t it happen to someone else close to me … how did the chemicals affect me and not them? That doesn’t make sense.”

Today, Ament takes over 20 medications each day and has to wear a mask in public for at least a year. And his lifelong dream of being a Navy Seal won’t happen because of the choices he made.

“It sucks that the opportunities that I would have had before, like going into military training for special forces, was something I wanted to do since I was 11,” he said. “But I can’t do that anymore.”

Ament is now advocating for teens to stop vaping with a nonprofit that he launched that gives teens the opportunity to talk honestly about their vaping addiction.

“I want to make the most out of [being given a second chance] and make sure no one else makes the same mistakes I did,” he said.

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Stay tuned to RE@LBlog for more reasons to stay 1Up On Vaping!

Vaping needs to STOP before it begins!

MOAI/RE@L’s new “1Up On Vaping” is a helpful step in the right direction:

“Stop Before You Start! If you’ve started, Stop Now!”

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Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to place your school’s order.

Our RE@L Resource-Rich TeacherGuide comes with 1Up On Vaping LearningProduct!

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Randy Nelson & Dale LaFrenz

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/// Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L, Inc and one of the founders of MECC, Inc - the Minnesota company that brought “Oregon Trail” and more than a hundred products to millions of K12 students across the world. HIs RE@L Inc continues to serve K12 as a LearningProduct "launching pad" for schools, online learning and the rapidly growing STEM market. /// Randy Nelson recently joined RE@L as a BlogMeister and Director of Education for RE@L's new STEM-based LearningProducts. Randy has long been an advocate for more positive, effective changes in K-12 teaching and learning, from his teaching days to his former career as a Superintendent who positively reformed the school district of LaCrosse Wisconsin.w