The following story contains a graphic image of a scarred lung.  

A Florida teenager is urging people to stay away from Juuls after one of his lungs collapsed. 

Chance Ammirata shared images on Twitter that he says are pictures of his own collapsed lung and encouraged other people who regularly use the small vaporizers to consider quitting. Ammirata told the Daily Mail that it took seven surgeons to reinflate his collapsed lung. He also claimed that a surgeon told him about scarring on his lungs, which is visible in the photos he shared.


This whole experience is absolutely insane and life changing (disclaimer I don’t always look this bad just when I’m glued to the hospital bed for 5 days) I came into this experience completely negative mad at the world , and scared of how things were gonna turn out after my lung collapsed. But I decided to take this negative and completely find another meaning. I decided that spreading my story could help others not have to go through the same thing as me. One by one reading each message from every single one of you explaining how I was able to CHANGE YOUR MINDSET I was able to help you throw out your juul. Makes you realize enough is enough and that nicotine is rotting our brains and destroying our bodies. It overcame me with emotions. I’ve never been happier to make such a difference. My surgery to get my chest tube removed is scheduled in around 2/3 hours and I’m insanely nervous. But I want to make sure my story is always out there. And that the change doesn’t stop. Every day we need to fight to help not only ourselves but the ones we love put down the nicotine. This epedemic has taken enough. We don’t need more evidence telling us just how bad it is. How many more kids are going to have to get hospitalized for us to stop !? None should be the answer don’t take this with a grain of salt. And keep on pushing yourselves to take control of these cravings. I know it’s hard , and I know it will be a long one/2 weeks of getting over the addiction. But 1/2 weeks is so much more worth it than a lifetime of consequences. #lunglove #stopjuul #revolution #wewillmakeachange #wearenotcontrolled

A post shared by Chance (@chanceammirata) on Aug 6, 2019 at 9:03am PDT

"Seven surgeons came in, and it's scary when you see seven surgeons come in. You think they're going to tell you you have like five days to live," he told the outlet. "When they did the actual major surgery to reinflate my lungs, the surgeon said, 'whatever you've been smoking has been leaving these black dots on your lungs.'"

Ammirata said that short of the terrifying incident, he would have continued to Juul. He noted that he doesn't smoke and can see no other cause for the significant damage to his lungs. 

"And I don't think anyone could have said anything to make me stop. But your lungs most likely look like this too if you've been smoking," he said. "Don't let it get worse. Please stop. Like really please, it's so fucking scary."

Take a look at Ammirata's warning below.