New York’s Reported Cases of Vaping-Related Illnesses Increases
Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker are re-issuing a warning to New Yorkers to continue to refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products.
The number of vaping-associated illnesses has sharply increased both nationally and in New York State.
The CDC is reporting 530 vaping-related illnesses -- up from 380 last week -- in 38 states with eight confirmed deaths.
New York has reports of 81 confirmed cases -- up from 64 last week
The Wadsworth Center, the state's public health lab, continues to test both cannabis and nicotine-containing vape products received from patients.
"More people across the country are getting sick from vaping and common sense dictates that if you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it," Cuomo said. "Vaping is dangerous, period, and we are urging New Yorkers to stop using these products until we have more information about this public health crisis."