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Facts not Fear: The vaping crisis in Southeast Texas

An exclusive 12News investigation into new vaping numbers and illnesses across Southeast Texas, including how local schools are now dealing with spike in teen usage

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Vaping illnesses are now a public health crisis. 

There have been more than 1,000 people around the country hospitalized with lung injuries linked to vaping, according to stats from the Centers for Disease Control. 

Included in those stats, are 26 deaths -- including at least one in Texas. 

While the CDC has said the cause of the lung illnesses is still under investigation, a study by the Mayo Clinic says it may be tied to "toxic chemical fumes." 

The 12News Investigators wanted to look into the problem across Southeast Texas to give you facts, not fear about the crisis.