Cuomo Announces First Vaping-Related Death in NYS

"This vaping is a public health crisis"

Tom Puckett
October 08, 2019 - 2:27 pm

New York, NY (WBEN) Governor Cuomo says New York has its first vaping-related death.

The death, involving a 17-year-old male from the Bronx, was reported to the State Department of Health today. According to NYSDOH, the deceased was previously hospitalized in early September with a vaping-associated respiratory illness. He was re-admitted in late September and passed away on October 4.

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"There have been about now 19 vaping deaths in this nation. About 1,000 cases according the CDC. This vaping is a public health crisis. It is affecting our young people. It has been marketed to young people," claims Cuomo.

He says the federal government should act. "The President had talked about taking action. I don't know how many people have to die before he takes action, but the State is already taking aggressive action. We moved to ban flavored e-vaping, et cetera. It's now pending in the courts," adds Cuomo. "But we had our first death and the State Department of Health is investigating the details of it. Parents have to know, young people have to know: you are playing with your life when you play with this stuff. And it's not just best case scenario for vaping. You get addicted to nicotine. And that is a life long struggle. I can tell you as a person who was young and stupid and smoked, it is an addiction you will fight for your entire life."

Cuomo had harsh words for companies he says are marketing to minors. "All the sale to minors, this is all illegal, but it is everywhere. And these companies know exactly what they're doing because they market to young people. When you are selling bubble gum and Scooby Doo flavor, you know exactly what you're doing. You are targeting young people, which is illegal for cigarette manufacturers by the way, and some of these vaping companies are owned by tobacco companies," adds Cuomo.


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