Second NY death from vaping-associated illness confirmed, Gov. Cuomo reacts

Kimberly Dole
November 20, 2019 - 1:47 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Manhattan man in his 30s is the second person in New York to die from a vaping-related illness, the Department of Health confirms on Wednesday.

"We are taking every step possible to combat this crisis on the state level, but the federal government needs to take action now." Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "President Trump has already backed down from his vow to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes - despite widespread evidence that these flavors are used to target our teens and young adults - and put the interests of the vaping industry over the lives of Americans. This is Big Tobacco all over again. Make no mistake: this is a public health crisis and until our 'leaders' in Washington do something to stop it, more lives will be lost."

Based on an investigation and medical record review, DOH determined the death to be vaping related and will continue its robust investigation into the cause of these illnesses.

"This is Big Tobacco all over again. Make no mistake: this is a public health crisis and until our 'leaders' in Washington do something to stop it, more lives will be lost," Cuomo adds.

In the meantime, the message from the governor's office on vaping remains unchanged: if you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it.

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