2 more vaping-related deaths in New York, 1 in NYC, Cuomo announces

David Caplan
January 17, 2020 - 12:56 pm
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Dai Sugano, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There's been two more vaping-related deaths in New York State -- one in New York City, the other in Ontario County near Rochester -- bringing the total number of vaping-related deaths in the state to four, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. 

"The State Department of Health has confirmed two more deaths in New York due to vaping-associated illness: an adult female in her twenties from New York City and an adult female in her fifties from Ontario County," Cuomo said in a statement. "While State DOH is continuing its investigation, they have determined both deaths are vaping-related based on an extensive review."

He added, "These deaths are tragic -- and they are also preventable. We know smoking and nicotine are dangerous, and it's becoming tragically cleaner by the day that vaping is too. State DOH and its Wadsworth Center Laboratory are doing groundbreaking work getting to the bottom of this unacceptable situation and we will continue using every tool at our disposal until these illnesses and deaths stop. If the meantime our message on vaping remains unchanged: if you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it."