Chabad Teen Starts Anti-Vaping Campaign After Her Lungs Fail

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A Chabad teenager who nearly lost her life, claiming vaping ruined her lungs, has started a campaign to warn people of the dangers of e-cigarettes – all while she lay in her hospital bed.

Simah Herman, 18, shared the images of her holding up handwritten signs on Instagram, as the Californian teen was on a ventilator after suffering from lung failure.

Another image shows her unconscious in bed after being placed into a medically induced coma.

Herman said her symptoms first started two years ago when she started feeling sick all the time.

Two weeks ago though, she began to have trouble breathing. Medics put her on a ventilator and her lungs failed in 48 hours.

Her post reads: “This is all because of vaping.

“Vaping is advertised as ‘a healthier alternative to smoking’ which is false.

“Whether it’s nicotine or weed vaping can be fatal. I was lucky. The doctors didn’t think I was going to make it, but with prayers from family and friends I pulled through after almost a week on a ventilator.”

Her condition deteriorated quickly after she was admitted to hospital.

She went on: “It took less than 48 hours for me to be put in a drug induced coma and a tube put down my throat because I could no longer breathe on my own. The dangers of vaping are real and this can happen to you. Please don’t let it.

“I didn’t end up having pneumonia. The signs of respiratory failure from vaping make it look like pneumonia, if they didn’t find that first I would have died.”



  1. why was a 16 year old smoking/vaping? if she is 18 now and it started 2 years ago.
    also was this person vaping marijuana because thate where alot of the problems which happened recently. they used oils.

  2. Lets all jump on a unjustified unproved bandwagon.
    Fact any inhalation of chemical particles is not a health choice.
    This young lady deserves our brochos and tfillahs for a refuah sheleyma.
    But the buck stops with her. Her choice to vape.
    Oh and just a question considering vaping is illegal at 16.
    At what quantity was she vaping.
    It is much easier to chain vape then to chain smoke a pack of cigarettes.
    She is pointing a finger and three fingers are pointing back at her.

  3. a few points;
    horoaeh… bekilkula, yazir atzmo min hayayin.
    refuah shleima if her exposure helps some stop or better not start vaping .. the zechus should help her
    …and finally the tzaar & busha should be mechaper.. vehu rachum yechaper avon


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