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Department of Health confirms second vaping-related death in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says a second vaping-related death has been confirmed in New York by the Department of Health.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 12:03 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2019 12:10 PM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says the Department of Health has confirmed a second vaping-related death in New York state.

The Manhattan man, who was in his 30’s, had a reported history of using e-cigarettes and vape products.

“DOH is continuing its robust investigation into the cause of these illnesses, but in the meantime our message on vaping remains unchanged: if you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it,” said Cuomo.

The Department of Health carried out an investigation, and reviewed the man’s medical records before determining a vaping-associated illness caused his death.

Cuomo is calling on the federal government to take action, saying “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."

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