DOH issues guidance urging New Yorkers to temporarily stop using vaping products
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The State Health Commissioner is urging New Yorkers to stop using vape products, as the investigation into vaping-associated illnesses continues.
Health officials are focusing on a Vitamin E chemical in this particular investigation. Vitamin E is not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin, but the concern is its health effects when inhaled.
Thus, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker is suggesting New Yorkers stop vaping, even those enrolled in the Medical Marijuana Program.
"I am urging New Yorkers to stop using vape products while the investigation into the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated illnesses nationwide can be better determined," Zucker said. "We are also urging patients in the medical marijuana program to consult with their health care providers on potential alternatives to vaping products while the investigation continues."
Rigorous testing is ongoing on all vaping products to determine why lung illnesses are being reported in such high numbers by users.
"People should not be using vaping products period, which is basically what the CDC is saying," Governor Cuomo said. "There have been a number of deaths. There is an investigation ongoing. Nobody knows exactly what it is. There is some suggestion that is linked to Vitamin E, et cetera. Our health guidance is no one should be using vaping products period until we know what it is."