Gov. Cuomo confirms New York State's second vaping-related death
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed the state's second death from a vaping-related illness.
In a statement, Cuomo said the man, who was from Manhattan, was in his thirties and had a reported history of using e-cigarettes and vape products. The State Department of Health conducted an investigation and determined the death to be vaping related.
Cuomo said the DOH is continuing its investigation into the exact cause of these illnesses, but says in the meantime the state's message remains the same: “If you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it”.
"We are taking every step possible to combat this crisis on the state level, but the federal government needs to take action now,” said Cuomo. “President Trump has already backed down from his vow to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes - despite widespread evidence that these flavors are used to target our teens and young adults - and put the interests of the vaping industry over the lives of Americans. This is Big Tobacco all over again. Make no mistake: this is a public health crisis and until our 'leaders' in Washington do something to stop it, more lives will be lost."