Steuben County Public Health officials urge residents to stop vaping
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Steuben County Public Health officials are urging all resident to stop using e-cigarettes or vaping devices immediately.
County Public Health Director Darlene Smith cites the recent report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating 450 cases of serious respiratory illnesses and six deaths linked to vaping.
"Local health departments are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the communities they serve," Smith said. "All evidence points to the very real danger of electronic cigarettes for our youth and adults."
In response to the CDC's report and the epidemic use among youth, the Trump administration announced plans to ban all flavored e-cigarette products. In the coming weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will finalize a policy to withdraw all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products, including mint and menthol products. In addition, the New York State Department of Health reported it will begin exploring the contents of the products and will require shops selling vaping products to post a warning of health risks.
"There are seven types of proven and safe smoking cessation aids, and e-cigarettes are not one of them," Smith said. "We are already starting to see long-term health problems with vaping, and I would not be surprised to learn about even more in the future. Quitting now could save countless lives."