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TODAY, THE CDC IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE SOME OF ITS FIRST RELEASE SOME OF ITS FIRST FINDINGS. FINDINGS.>>Reporter: THIS MORNING, THE>>Reporter: THIS MORNING, THE DEBATE OVER VAPING TAKING ON NEW DEBATE OVER VAPING TAKING ON NEW URGENCY WITH 377 CONFIRMED OR URGENCY WITH 377 CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED CASES OF SUSPECTED CASES OF VAPING-RELATED RESPIRATORY VAPING-RELATED RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES REPORTED BY STATE ILLNESSES REPORTED BY STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS NATIONWIDE. HEALTH OFFICIALS NATIONWIDE. TWO PEOPLE, ONE IN ILLINOIS AND TWO PEOPLE, ONE IN ILLINOIS AND ANOTHER IN OREGON, HAVE DIED. ANOTHER IN OREGON, HAVE DIED.>>HE’S LIVING PROOF OF WHAT IT>>HE’S LIVING PROOF OF WHAT IT DOES. DOES. THE PICTURES OF HIS LUNGS, THE PICTURES OF HIS LUNGS, LIVING PROOF OF WHAT VAPING DOES LIVING PROOF OF WHAT VAPING DOES TO YOUR LUNGS. TO YOUR LUNGS.>>Reporter: PAULY’S 18-YEAR-OLD>>Reporter: PAULY’S 18-YEAR-OLD SON, ADAM, HAS BEEN IN THE SON, ADAM, HAS BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE SATURDAY, WHEN HE HOSPITAL SINCE SATURDAY, WHEN HE WAS RUSHED TO THE ER WITH WAS RUSHED TO THE ER WITH CHILLS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, AND CHILLS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, AND VOMITING. VOMITING. HE’S NOW RELYING ON A HE’S NOW RELYING ON A SUPPLEMENTAL BREATHING MASK, SUPPLEMENTAL BREATHING MASK, STEROIDS, AND ANTIBIOTICS, AS HE STEROIDS, AND ANTIBIOTICS, AS HE BATTLES A LUNG INFECTION. BATTLES A LUNG INFECTION.>>I DIDN’T THINK THAT THAT>>I DIDN’T THINK THAT THAT LITTLE POD COULD DO SO MUCH LITTLE POD COULD DO SO MUCH DAMAGE ON MY BODY. DAMAGE ON MY BODY.>>Reporter: THESE ARE OTHERWISE>>Reporter: THESE ARE OTHERWISE YOUNG, HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. YOUNG, HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. I SAT DOWN WITH DR. DANIEL I SAT DOWN WITH DR. DANIEL CROTH, PART OF THE TEAM CROTH, PART OF THE TEAM TRAVELING TO UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY TRAVELING TO UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY OF WHAT IS MAKING HUNDREDS OF OF WHAT IS MAKING HUNDREDS OF OTHERWISE HEALTHY YOUNG PEOPLE OTHERWISE HEALTHY YOUNG PEOPLE SICK. SICK. WHAT IS THE COMMON PROBLEM WHAT IS THE COMMON PROBLEM YOU’RE SEEING AMONG PATIENTS WHO YOU’RE SEEING AMONG PATIENTS WHO VAPE? VAPE?>>SHORTNESS OF BREATH, COULD>>SHORTNESS OF BREATH, COULD HAVE, BEEN COUGH, GI PROBLEMS, HAVE, BEEN COUGH, GI PROBLEMS, DIARRHEA. DIARRHEA. BLOOD, WHICH CAN BE ALARMING. BLOOD, WHICH CAN BE ALARMING.>>Reporter: HE’S ALSO SEEN>>Reporter: HE’S ALSO SEEN CANNABIS VAPING PATIENTS WITH A CANNABIS VAPING PATIENTS WITH A UNIQUE FORM OF THAT MEANPNEUMONI UNIQUE FORM OF THAT MEANPNEUMONI HE THINKS FAT PARTICLES ARE HE THINKS FAT PARTICLES ARE BEING RELEASED INTO THE LUNG. BEING RELEASED INTO THE LUNG. THE LINING OF THE LUNG CAN BE THE LINING OF THE LUNG CAN BE COATED WITH FAT BECAUSE YOU COATED WITH FAT BECAUSE YOU VAPED? VAPED?>>IT COULD BE.>>IT COULD BE. THAT’S THE CONCERN. THAT’S THE CONCERN.>>Reporter: BASICALLY, YOUR>>Reporter: BASICALLY, YOUR LUNGS ARE RENDERED USELESS. LUNGS ARE RENDERED USELESS.>>LUNGS FAIL.>>LUNGS FAIL.>>THIS IS BEING INPUT BY THE>>THIS IS BEING INPUT BY THE USER INTO THE SYSTEM. USER INTO THE SYSTEM.>>Reporter: HIS TEAM IS TRYING>>Reporter: HIS TEAM IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE OIL DOES TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE OIL DOES INSIDE THE BODY. INSIDE THE BODY. SO THIS IS WHAT THE E-CIGARETTE SO THIS IS WHAT THE E-CIGARETTE DOES TO YOUR LUNG? DOES TO YOUR LUNG?>>YES.>>YES.>>Reporter: THEY ARE WORKING>>Reporter: THEY ARE WORKING TIRELESSLY WITH GOVERNMENT TIRELESSLY WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO CLEAR THE AIR AND