LR mother warns of vaping dangers after son’s diagnosis

LR mother warns of vaping dangers after son’s diagnosis


PER OCCURRENCE. ((BOB)) THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS CONFIRMED IT IS INVESTIGATING AT LEAST ONE VAPINGá RELATED ILLNESS IN PULASKI COUNTY. RIGHT NOW… THERE HAVE BEEN THREE CONFIRMED CASES IN THE STATE… 10 PROBABLE CASES AND 6 UNDER INVESTIGATION. ((ASHLEY)) AND TONIGHT… A WELL KNOWN LITTLE ROCK WOMAN HAS A WARNING FOR OTHER PARENTS AFTER SHE SAYS HER SON GOT SICK FROM VAPING. SHE SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH KARK’S ASHLEI KING YOU MAY RECOGNIZE THIS MOTHER. HER NAME IS ERIN GRIFFIN AND SHE’S THE OWNER OF COTHAM’S RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK. SHE CONSIDERS HERSELF TO BE A MOM WHO “DOESN’T HAVE HER HEAD IN THE CLOUDS.” SO YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE HER SURPRISE WHEN SHE FOUND OUT HER 17á YEARáOLD SON WAS USING EáCIGARETTES AND GOT SICK FROM THEM. IT’S MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES… AS THE Cá DáC SAYS THE NUMBER OF VAPINGáRELATED LUNG ILLNESSES CONTINUES TO GROW. BUT IT’S SOMETHING ERIN GRIFFIN NEVER THOUGHT WOULD HIT SO CLOSE TO HOME. Erin Griffin, Mother: “I knew he was doing it. I mean, I’m not an idiot. We’ve got a really open relationship, but I never said, ‘How much are you doing? How often are you doing this?’ SHE’S TALKING ABOUT HER 17áYEARáOLD SON… MAX. AS A LONGTIME SMOKER… WHO JUST QUIT FIVE YEARS AGO… GRIFFIN SAYS SHE WAS CLUELESS ABOUT Eá CIGARETTES AND THEIR POTENTIAL DANGERS. Erin Griffin, Mother: “This vaping thing just passed me right by.” BUT JUST THIS SUMMER… SHE SAYS HER SON MAX DEVELOPED WHAT SHE CALLS A SMOKER’S COUGH. Erin Griffin, Mother: “He started complaining just a few weeks ago shortness of breath and he was coughing a lot and heartburn he felt like, just a pain in his chest.” AND THEN HE VOMITED BLOOD… SO SHE TOOK HIM TO THE DOCTOR. Erin Griffin, Mother: “He has tears and ulcers on his esophagus. His stomach is clear. I thought maybe he had a bleeding ulcer or something. Never even clued in that it from vaping. I thought he had an ulcer.” SHE SAYS THE DOCTOR SAYS THIS IS ALL FROM VAPING… WHICH HE HAS BEEN DOING FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. Erin Griffin, Mother: “He was doing it in the house downstairs in his room, playing video games and I had no idea. You can’t smell it. It completely dissipates in the air and I had no idea what was going on under my own roof.” AFTER MAX’S DIAGNOSIS… SHE TOOK TO FACEBOOK TO SHARE HER SON’S STORY. WITHIN DAYS… THIS POST GOT MORE THAN ONEáTHOUSAND SHARES. Erin Griffin, Mother: “There was just so many people that it touched that are dealing with it or want to get the word out that this is something that happened or this is what the doctor said. This is real.” GRIFFIN BELIEVES HER SON AND HIS FRIENDS WERE GETTING THE VAPES FROM STORES THAT WERE NOT CHECKING THEIR IáD’S. SHE URGES PARENTS TO TEST THEIR KIDS FOR NICOTINE AND SHE SAYS SHE’S THANKFUL THEY CAUGHT MAX’S CONDITION BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE. I’M ASHLEI KING, BACK TO YOU.

2 thoughts on “LR mother warns of vaping dangers after son’s diagnosis

  • "Her son actually got sick from vaping"

    Okay, so what exactly was he vaping? Was it an e-cigarette? An illegal THC cartridge? An asthma inhaler?

    They are three completely different things – just don't tell the media because they haven't figured that out yet.

    If this mother had done the research she'd know that an e-cigarette can't give you a smoker's cough. It's scientifically proven. The data is out there – it's never been hidden from view. It's all there in black and white if you bother to research these things.

    So, it's safe to assume he was vaporizing THC. Of course, he may not admit it because that would mean telling his mom he takes drugs.. but that's the only explanation for the shortness of breath. (unless he has some other medical condition)

    So, well done KARK 4 News for not bothering to do any research and playing into big tobacco's hands. Congratulations, this video is going to steer smokers away from vapes and they'll go back to cigarettes and they'll die. Probably.

    Two thirds of smokers will die from a smoking related illness. Why exactly aren't you talking about that?

    Maybe it's because you really want your 15 minutes of fame. Maybe your son does? I don't know – but I do know that so far the CDC has yet to announce ANY deaths or injuries from e-cigarettes. (It's October 11th as I type this)

    Perhaps you might now want to do something good with your lives:

    Do a web search for:

    "e-cigarettes could stub out tobacco bonds sooner than thought"
    "tobacco master settlement agreement"
    "Wisconsin THC empire"

    They are just the starting points – the deeper you dig (and believe me you don't have dig very much) the worse it all gets. Why not look into who has been selling e-cigarettes to kids? It's Juul (owned by big tobacco) and major retailers like Walmart. It's not those independent vape stores you're closing down with stories like this. Those little stores are actually saving thousands of lives.

    Anyway, it's too late for you now. People are going to believe this story and never vape again.

    Welcome to the world of state-sponsored mass-murder… and you've just become a major player. Good luck living with that for the rest of your lives. It's ain't gonna be easy.

  • Good thing she didn't take too Twitter her story would have had so many holes poked in and it would have looked like Swiss cheese

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