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Girl Blames Vaping For Chlamydia

A Valley girl on the TikTok social media platform has blamed vaping for her contracting chlamydia in her lungs

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In a whine driven “Put a Finger Down” video, TikTok user @germanshepardfanaccount put her finger down on vaping being the cause of her medical issue. Stating that vaping had given her chlamydia in her lungs, her two videos clocked up over two million hits each. The critical response resulted in her making the account private.

Put a Finger Down” began as a game and blossomed into an action when telling a story on TikTok(1), a platform popular with teens, where people hold up a hand and put down a finger when they say something that they’ve done or has happened to them.

"So, put a finger down if, um, in October you got super, super sick with pneumonia and you tried to tell everybody in your family that you felt like it was something more than that, um, you tried to tell the doctors and the hospitals that it was something more than that you suffered with a fever for almost 13 days. Nobody believed you, they just kept testing you for COVID, testing you for antibodies, testing you for hepatitis, literally anything; everything was negative. Finally, it comes back that you have chlamydia in your lungs from vaping and smoking a bad cart."

Despite comments telling her that her misfortune was all down to using illegal THC pods and not vaping, she responded: “False! My condition worsened because I was smoking nicotine and recovery was prolonged due to my lungs being compromised from vaping. It was salt nic vape, they’re called Cali Air LMAO. The bacteria in my lungs came directly from the cart.

What is lung chlamydia?

The official name is chlamydia pneumoniae. It is a bacterium that causes infections in the nasal cavity, mouth, throat and lungs. It attacks the cells lining the respiratory passageway. While most have mild or no symptoms, some people experience a pneumonia-like attack.

Can you catch chlamydia pneumoniae from vaping?


According to the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), “people spread C. pneumoniae by coughing or sneezing, which creates small respiratory droplets that contain the bacteria. Other people then breathe in the bacteria. People can also get sick if they touch something with droplets from a sick person on it and then touch their mouth or nose.

It is common for the bacteria to spread between people who live together. C. pneumoniae infections usually have long incubation periods (the time between breathing in the bacteria and developing symptoms). Symptoms usually begin 3 to 4 weeks after exposure.”

The CDC says the people most at risk are those who live or work in crowded settings where outbreaks most commonly occur, primarily schools – like the one @germanshepardfanaccount goes to.


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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