New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday, September 15th a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes besides tobacco and menthol in response to a recent epidemic of lung illnesses leading to a number of confirmed deaths that health officials have linked to vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that nearly 450 people nationwide have been stricken with a lung illness that is potentially vaping-related. That’s more than double the 215 cases reported earlier this month. Six have died. The severity of the cases has caused alarm within the health community.
Although investigations are undergoing to determine what causes the illnesses, health officials have warned people against buying and using vaping products. They are also urging people to avoid inhaling vitamin E acetate, an ingredient found in some vaping products.
New York’s state health commissioner, Howard Zucker, will formally ban flavored e-cigarettes besides tobacco and menthol during an emergency meeting of the state’s Public Health and Health Planning Council this week. New York is the second state in the nation to introduce such a ban, behind Michigan which did so earlier this month.
Symptoms of Potentially Vaping-Related Lung Illness
While health officials investigate the vaping-related illness epidemic, the CDC urges people who vape or use e-cigarette products to monitor themselves for symptoms that may indicate getting stricken by this illness. If you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms, you should immediately consult with a healthcare professional:
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Abdominal pain
Contact an Experienced New York Vaping Injury Attorney
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