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SKIN TEND TO PAY THE PRICE FOR I.C.E.’S ERRORS. I.C.E.’S ERRORS.>>>FEDERAL AND STATE>>>FEDERAL AND STATE INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO GET INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF A RECENT TO THE BOTTOM OF A RECENT OUTBREAK OF LUNG ILLNESSES THAT OUTBREAK OF LUNG ILLNESSES THAT COULD BE LINKED TO VAPING. COULD BE LINKED TO VAPING. AS OF LAST WEEK, 193 POTENTIAL AS OF LAST WEEK, 193 POTENTIAL VAPING RELATED ILLNESSES IN 22 VAPING RELATED ILLNESSES IN 22 STATES WERE REPORTED TO THE CDC STATES WERE REPORTED TO THE CDC AND NOW LUNG DOCTORS SAY THEY’VE AND NOW LUNG DOCTORS SAY THEY’VE BEEN SEEING WARNING SIGNS FOR BEEN SEEING WARNING SIGNS FOR YEARS. YEARS. DR. JOHN TORRES IS HERE TO RUN DR. JOHN TORRES IS HERE TO RUN THROUGH WHAT MIGHT BE GOING ON THROUGH WHAT MIGHT BE GOING ON HERE. HERE. AND DR. JOHN, WELCOME, YOU ARE AND DR. JOHN, WELCOME, YOU ARE OFFICIALLY OUR VERY FIRST GUEST OFFICIALLY OUR VERY FIRST GUEST ON THIS NEW SET. ON THIS NEW SET.>>EXCELLENT.>>EXCELLENT.>>YOU’RE MAKING HISTORY HERE.>>YOU’RE MAKING HISTORY HERE.>>VERY PROUD OF THAT.>>VERY PROUD OF THAT.>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. LET’S TALK ABOUT THESE LUNG LET’S TALK ABOUT THESE LUNG ILLNESSES. ILLNESSES. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THEM AND WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THEM AND WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THEM? WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THEM?>>THESE THINGS ARE INCREASING>>THESE THINGS ARE INCREASING AND WE’RE HEARING MORE AND MORE AND WE’RE HEARING MORE AND MORE ABOUT THEM BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF ABOUT THEM BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE VAPING, PEOPLE THAT ARE VAPING, ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE AND ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR LUNGS ARE VERY VULNERABLE. THEIR LUNGS ARE VERY VULNERABLE. NUMBER TWO, THE CDC, THE FDA, NUMBER TWO, THE CDC, THE FDA, THEY’RE PUTTING OUT THE WORD, THEY’RE PUTTING OUT THE WORD, START LOOKING FOR THIS AND SO START LOOKING FOR THIS AND SO WE’RE RECOGNIZING IT MORE AND WE’RE RECOGNIZING IT MORE AND MORE. MORE. BUT IF YOU GO BACK IN TIME, YOU BUT IF YOU GO BACK IN TIME, YOU CAN SEE HINTS THAT THIS HAS BEEN CAN SEE HINTS THAT THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE VAPING DEVICES GOING ON SINCE VAPING DEVICES HAVE BEEN AROUND AND DOCTORS HAVE BEEN AROUND AND DOCTORS HAVE STARTED SAYING, HEY, HAVE STARTED SAYING, HEY, THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON HERE, THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON HERE, IT’S FINALLY COALESCED TO THE IT’S FINALLY COALESCED TO THE POINT WHERE PEOPLE ARE GETTING POINT WHERE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THAT INFORMATION OUT AND WE’RE THAT INFORMATION OUT AND WE’RE FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT IT. FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT IT.>>WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THESE>>WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THESE LUNG ILLNESSES? LUNG ILLNESSES? WHAT ARE WE TALKING HERE? WHAT ARE WE TALKING HERE?>>WE’RE TALKING A VARIETY OF>>WE’RE TALKING A VARIETY OF THINGS. THINGS. SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE ASTHMA-LIKE SYMPTOMS OR THEY ASTHMA-LIKE SYMPTOMS OR THEY HAVE A HARD TIME BREATHING AND HAVE A HARD TIME BREATHING AND THEY GET OVER IT AND SEEM TO THEY GET OVER IT AND SEEM TO RECOVER. RECOVER. OTHERWISE THEY’RE HAVING MORE OTHERWISE THEY’RE HAVING MORE PERMANENT TYPE SITUATIONS. PERMANENT TYPE SITUATIONS. THERE WAS A CASE IN 2018 WHERE THERE WAS A CASE IN 2018 WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL HAD ALVEOLA THE INDIVIDUAL HAD ALVEOLA HEMORRHAGING, ENDED UP IN THE HEMORRHAGING, ENDED UP IN THE ICU, A LOT OF PEOPLE ENDED UP ICU, A LOT OF PEOPLE ENDED UP DOING THAT BECAUSE OF VAPING DOING THAT BECAUSE OF VAPING DEVICES. DEVICES. WHAT WE DON’T KNOW IS WHAT IS WHAT WE DON’T KNOW IS WHAT IS ACTUALLY CAUSING IT. ACTUALLY CAUSING IT. IS IT THE DEVICE, WHAT’S INSIDE IS IT THE DEVICE, WHAT’S INSIDE THE DEVICE? THE DEVICE? WE’RE NOT SURE RIGHT NOW. WE’RE NOT SURE RIGHT NOW.>>THAT’S MY NEXT QUESTION.>>THAT’S MY NEXT QUESTION. IS IT THE ACTUAL — WHAT THEY’RE IS IT THE ACTUAL — WHAT THEY’RE VAPING? VAPING? IS IT HOW THEY’RE VAPING IT? IS IT HOW THEY’RE VAPING IT? IS THERE A CHANCE THAT THESE IS THERE A CHANCE THAT THESE KIDS AREN’T USING THESE DEVICES KIDS AREN’T USING THESE DEVICES THE WAY THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE WAY THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE USED AND THAT CAUSES A PROBLEM? USED AND THAT CAUSES A PROBLEM? COULD IT BE ALL OF THE ABOVE? COULD IT BE ALL OF THE ABOVE?>>I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES TO>>I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE ALL THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE KNOW THERE ARE SOME RIGHT NOW WE KNOW THERE ARE SOME OF THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BASICALLY HACKED THEIR DEVICES, BASICALLY HACKED THEIR DEVICES, HACKED THEIR PODS OR HACKED THE HACKED THEIR PODS OR HACKED THE PLACE THEY PUT LIQUID INTO AND PLACE THEY PUT LIQUID INTO AND THEY’VE HACKED IT WITH THC OR THEY’VE HACKED IT WITH THC OR OTHER TYPES OF INGREDIENTS AND OTHER TYPES OF INGREDIENTS AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE THINK THAT BECAUSE OF THAT, WE THINK THAT MIGHT HAVE INJURED THEIR LUNGS. MIGHT HAVE INJURED THEIR LUNGS. THERE’S OTHER ONES IT DOESN’T THERE’S OTHER ONES IT DOESN’T LOOKED LIKE THEY’VE HACKED LOOKED LIKE THEY’VE HACKED EVERYTHING AND THE HEMORRHAGE I EVERYTHING AND THE HEMORRHAGE I WAS TALKING ABOUT, THEY WENT AND WAS TALKING ABOUT, THEY WENT AND DID DRUG TESTS, NO COCAINE, NO DID DRUG TESTS, NO COCAINE, NO METHAMPHETAMINES, NO, THE HC SO METHAMPHETAMINES, NO, THE HC SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS SOMETHING IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAVE COME AS IT THAT MIGHT HAVE COME AS IT ORIGINALLY COMES AND THAT COULD ORIGINALLY COMES AND THAT COULD CAUSE A PROBLEM. CAUSE A PROBLEM. THE OTHER THING WE’RE STARTING THE OTHER THING WE’RE STARTING TO HEAR FROM A LOT OF DOCTORS IS TO HEAR FROM A LOT OF DOCTORS IS SOMETHING THEY CALL AGGRESSIVE SOMETHING THEY CALL AGGRESSIVE VAPING, WHICH WE’RE NOT EXACTLY VAPING, WHICH WE’RE NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT THAT MEANS YET AS SURE WHAT THAT MEANS YET AS PHYSICIANS BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE PHYSICIANS BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE ARE VAPING MANY, MANY PEOPLE ARE VAPING MANY, MANY TIMES DURING THE DAY, TAKING BIG TIMES DURING THE DAY, TAKING BIG HITS AND THE PRESSURE ON LUNGS HITS AND THE PRESSURE ON LUNGS COULD BE CAUSING PROBLEMS. COULD BE CAUSING PROBLEMS. A LOT OF DIFFERENT PIECES TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT PIECES TO THIS PUZZLE. THIS PUZZLE. UNFORTUNATELY IT’S KIND OF UNFORTUNATELY IT’S KIND OF PARALLEL TO WHAT HAPPENED WITH PARALLEL TO WHAT HAPPENED WITH CIGARETTES. CIGARETTES. 50, 60, 70 YEARS AGO WHERE FOR 50, 60, 70 YEARS AGO WHERE FOR THE FIRST DECADE OR TWO, WE THE FIRST DECADE OR TWO, WE DIDN’T THINK THERE WERE ANY DIDN’T THINK THERE WERE ANY PROBLEMS AND PEOPLE SMOKING THIS PROBLEMS AND PEOPLE SMOKING THIS THEIR 20s NOW, THE BIG WORRY IS THEIR 20s NOW, THE BIG WORRY IS WHEN THEY GET TO 40s OR 50s, WHEN THEY GET TO 40s OR 50s, IT’S GOING TO START CAUSING IT’S GOING TO START CAUSING PROBLEMS WE’RE NOT AWARE OF. PROBLEMS WE’RE NOT AWARE OF.>>LET’S CONTINUE TO DRAW THAT>>LET’S CONTINUE TO DRAW THAT PARALLEL TO CIGARETTES. PARALLEL TO CIGARETTES. HOW ARE E-CIGARETTES REGULATED HOW ARE E-CIGARETTES REGULATED COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES? CIGARETTES?>>TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES ARE>>TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES ARE REGULATED AS TOBACCO AND THE FD REGULATED AS TOBACCO AND THE FD REGULATES THEM. REGULATES THEM. THE FDA HAD A HARD TIME THE FDA HAD A HARD TIME REGULATING THESE. REGULATING THESE. IN 2009, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO IN 2009, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO START REGULATING TOBACCO, THEY START REGULATING TOBACCO, THEY TRIED TO REGULATE E-CIGARETTES TRIED TO REGULATE E-CIGARETTES AS WELL, THE INDUSTRY FOUGHT AS WELL, THE INDUSTRY FOUGHT BACK SO THEY HAD TO PULL BACK BACK SO THEY HAD TO PULL BACK FOR A LITTLE BIT. FOR A LITTLE BIT. THEY CAME OUT WITH NEW THEY CAME OUT WITH NEW REGULATIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR REGULATIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR MINORS AND TRYING TO REGULATE MINORS AND TRYING TO REGULATE THEM GETTING OUT OF CONVENIENCE THEM GETTING OUT OF CONVENIENCE STORES, GETTING SOME OF THE STORES, GETTING SOME OF THE FLAVORINGS OUT OF THERE AND FLAVORINGS OUT OF THERE AND ADVERTISING TOWARDS MINORS. ADVERTISING TOWARDS MINORS. BUT THE PROBLEM IS THEY’RE STILL BUT THE PROBLEM IS THEY’RE STILL TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON IT AND TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON IT AND IT’S REALLY A NEW FRONTIER OUT IT’S REALLY A NEW FRONTIER OUT THERE, HAVING ISSUES TRYING TO THERE, HAVING ISSUES TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW TO DO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW TO DO THAT. THAT. BASICALLY THE VAPING DEVICES AND BASICALLY THE VAPING DEVICES AND THE VAPING LIQUIDS AND THE THE VAPING LIQUIDS AND THE VAPING INDUSTRY HAVE COME ON VAPING INDUSTRY HAVE COME ON VERY HOT AND HEAVY HERE, THE VERY HOT AND HEAVY HERE, THE REGULATIONS ARE STILL WORKING REGULATIONS ARE STILL WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND THAT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO GET TO THAT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO GET TO THAT POINT. THAT POINT.>>SOME PEOPLE MIGHT BE WATCHING>>SOME PEOPLE MIGHT BE WATCHING THIS AND THINKING, MY GOSH, I THIS AND THINKING, MY GOSH, I USED TO SMOKE, I USE USED TO SMOKE, I USE E-CIGARETTES BECAUSE I THOUGHT E-CIGARETTES BECAUSE I THOUGHT THIS WAS BETTER OR, YOU KNOW, THIS WAS BETTER OR, YOU KNOW, MAYBE A GATEWAY TO GETTING AWAY MAYBE A GATEWAY TO GETTING AWAY FROM CIGARETTES. FROM CIGARETTES. ARE E-CIGARETTES BETTER AND DO ARE E-CIGARETTES BETTER AND DO WE JUST NOT KNOW? WE JUST NOT KNOW?>>THAT’S A FANTASTIC QUESTION>>THAT’S A FANTASTIC QUESTION BECAUSE IF YOU HAD TALKED TO BECAUSE IF YOU HAD TALKED TO MOST EXPERTS SIX MONTHS AGO, MOST EXPERTS SIX MONTHS AGO, THEY WOULD HAVE SAID, YOU KNOW, THEY WOULD HAVE SAID, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO COMPARING WHEN IT COMES TO COMPARING CIGARETTES TO E-CIGARETTES, CIGARETTES TO E-CIGARETTES, E-CIGARETTES ARE NOT NECESSARILY E-CIGARETTES ARE NOT NECESSARILY SAFE BUT THEIR PROBABLY SAFER. SAFE BUT THEIR PROBABLY SAFER. BUT NOW, MOST EXPERTS OR A LOT BUT NOW, MOST EXPERTS OR A LOT OF EXPERTS ARE SAYING, I DON’T OF EXPERTS ARE SAYING, I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN SAY THAT ANYMORE KNOW IF I CAN SAY THAT ANYMORE BECAUSE WE’RE GETTING SO MANY BECAUSE WE’RE GETTING SO MANY INDIVIDUALS AND WE’RE TALKING INDIVIDUALS AND WE’RE TALKING LESS THAN 200 RIGHT NOW, THERE LESS THAN 200 RIGHT NOW, THERE HAS BEEN ONE DEATH ASSOCIATED HAS BEEN ONE DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH VAPING BUT IS THAT JUST THE WITH VAPING BUT IS THAT JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG? TIP OF THE ICEBERG? PART OF THE PROBLEM IS A LOT OF PART OF THE PROBLEM IS A LOT OF THESE ARE YOUNG INDIVIDUALS WHO THESE ARE YOUNG INDIVIDUALS WHO DON’T REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT DON’T REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. IT. WHEN YOU TALK TO THEM, WHAT’D WHEN YOU TALK TO THEM, WHAT’D YOU PUT IN THERE? YOU PUT IN THERE? DID YOU HACK THE CARTRIDGE? DID YOU HACK THE CARTRIDGE? THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TELL THEIR THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TELL THEIR PARENTS SO WE’RE HAVING A HARD PARENTS SO WE’RE HAVING A HARD TIME FIGURING OUT EXACTLY WHAT’S TIME FIGURING OUT EXACTLY WHAT’S HAPPENING, HOW THEY’RE DOING HAPPENING, HOW THEY’RE DOING THIS AND IT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME THIS AND IT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO FIRGT THROUGH THIS BUT TIME TO FIRGT THROUGH THIS BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT VAPING WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT VAPING AND E-CIGARETTES AND THE LIQUIDS AND E-CIGARETTES AND THE LIQUIDS AREN’T AS SAFE AS WE THOUGHT AREN’T AS SAFE AS WE THOUGHT THEY WERE. THEY WERE.>>LAST QUESTION FOR YOU, FOR>>LAST QUESTION FOR YOU, FOR PEOPLE WHO, YOU KNOW, MAYBE JUST PEOPLE WHO, YOU KNOW, MAYBE JUST WANT A LITTLE BIT OF DOCTORLY WANT A LITTLE BIT OF DOCTORLY ADVICE. ADVICE. HOW TO WARN PEOPLE BEFORE THEY HOW TO WARN PEOPLE BEFORE THEY EITHER PARTICIPATE IN EITHER PARTICIPATE IN E-CIGARETTES OR IF THEY’RE E-CIGARETTES OR IF THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT MAKING THAT THINKING ABOUT MAKING THAT DECISION. DECISION.>>I’D SAY BE VERY, VERY>>I’D SAY BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL. CAREFUL. IF YOU’RE SMOKING AND USING IF YOU’RE SMOKING AND USING E-CIGARETTES TO TRY TO GET OFF E-CIGARETTES TO TRY TO GET OFF SMOKING, DO IT CORRECTLY AND SMOKING, DO IT CORRECTLY AND WORK YOUR WAY TOWARD GETTING OFF WORK YOUR WAY TOWARD GETTING OFF SMOKING. SMOKING. IF YOU’VE NEVER SMOKED BEFORE, IF YOU’VE NEVER SMOKED BEFORE, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL, ESPECIALLY BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE A LOT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAVE NICOTINE IN THEM OF THEM HAVE NICOTINE IN THEM AND THAT NICOTINE IS VERY AND THAT NICOTINE IS VERY ADDICTIVE, ESPECIALLY TO YOUNG ADDICTIVE, ESPECIALLY TO YOUNG BRAINS AND SOME OF THEM, IF YOU BRAINS AND SOME OF THEM, IF YOU GET IT OFF A STREET CORNER, A GET IT OFF A STREET CORNER, A HACKED CARTRIDGE, BE CAREFUL, HACKED CARTRIDGE, BE CAREFUL, SOME OF THOSE HAVE INDUSTRIAL SOME OF THOSE HAVE INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS, FENTANYL, THC, THEY CHEMICALS, FENTANYL, THC, THEY CAN WREAK HAVOC WITH YOUR LUNGS. CAN WREAK HAVOC WITH YOUR LUNGS. A LOT OF FLAVORINGS WERE A LOT OF FLAVORINGS WERE APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR HUMAN APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, MEANING THEY COULD CONSUMPTION, MEANING THEY COULD SWALLOW AND EAT THEM BUT THEY

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