Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, tweeted about strong precautions against vaping-related illnesses this morning:

“NY is taking strong action in response to the rise in vaping-related illnesses:

-Mandatory warning signs in all vape/smoke shops in NYS

-Advancing new legislation to ban flavored e-cigs

-Cracking down on companies selling “thickening agents” used in black market vaping products

According to NY Department of Health, “The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has received numerous reports from New York State physicians of severe pulmonary (lung-related) illness among patients ranging from 15 to 46 years of age who were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product prior to becoming ill.” They also warned “People should never use products purchased “off the street” because they may contain unknown and harmful ingredients. “

Vaping-related lung diseases and deaths are spreading nationwide. According to a report from NBC news, more than 450 cases are confirmed or suspected nationwide. Health officials from Kansas also confirmed the death of a resident on Tuesday. It is the sixth person to die from the severe respiratory illness being linked to vaping.

Based on an advisory of the U.S. Surgeon General, “E-cigarettes entered the U.S. marketplace around 2007, and since 2014, they have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth. E-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students increased 900% during 2011-2015, before declining for the first time during 2015-2017. However, current e-cigarette use increased 78% among high school students during the past year, from 11.7% in 2017 to 20.8% in 2018. In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, currently use e-cigarettes.”

Melania Trump, the first lady, also called for government action against e-cigarettes through her twitter account:

“I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth. 

@HHSGov”

A news release of the Hill addressed five important things to know about vaping:

  1. ‘Most’ patients used products containing THC
  2. Officials are warning against using ‘black market’ or ‘street’ vapes
  3. Vitamin E could be a culprit
  4. Many patients are young and otherwise healthy
  5. All types of e-cigarettes should be avoided, CDC says

Written ByEkim Kilic

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